SEARCH

FOREX-Dollar rises for second day as markets look to Biden's stimulus plan

14 Jan 2021 / 23:35 H.

    * Biden to give details of 'trillions' in spending Thursday * Bitcoin rises, eyeing $40,000 again * Graphic: World FX rates https://tmsnrt.rs/2RBWI5E (Adds new comment, updates prices, changes byline, dateline; previous LONDON) By Gertrude Chavez-Dreyfuss NEW YORK, Jan 14 (Reuters) - The dollar rose for a second straight session on Thursday, holding above three-year lows against major peers, in line with a rise in Treasury yields, amid upbeat expectations about President-elect Joe Biden's fiscal stimulus. The U.S. 10-year Treasury yield rose, as Biden is expected Biden to unveil a stimulus package proposal on Thursday designed to jump-start the economy during the coronavirus pandemic with an economic lifeline that could exceed $1.5 trillion and help minority communities. That helped support the dollar and boosted U.S. yields. Since the beginning of the month, 10-year yields have climbed more than 20 basis points. "With labor really struggling, there's an argument that we could push for a higher stimulus number," said Edward Moya, senior market analyst, at OANDA in New York. "In the end, markets are anticipating that we're going to see more stimulus than what is expected in Biden's first 100 days and that's why we're seeing the dollar holding up." In mid-morning trading, the dollar index rose 0.2% to 90.521, as investors awaited details of Biden's pandemic relief plan. The dollar has risen in six of the last seven trading sessions, as the prospect of more stimulus has weighed on U.S. government bonds, sending the benchmark 10-year Treasury yield above 1% for the first time since March. Expectations are high for the stimulus, but many analysts believe the spending push has already been priced in. "We feel the fiscal cat is out of the bag already: it would take a lot to surprise markets after the re-pricing seen last week," ING analysts said. "The scope for the reflation trade to restart on the back of this announcement alone is limited." Benjamin Melman, chief investment officer at Edmond de Rothschild AM, was also cautious. He said Biden might have to scale back his stimulus ambitions to get the plan through Congress. The euro eased 0.3% to $1.2118, despite positive news from the bloc's economic powerhouse. Germany's economy shrank by 5% in 2020, less than expected and a smaller contraction than during the global financial crisis, as unprecedented government rescue and stimulus measures lessened the shock of the COVID-19 pandemic. The European single currency is being weighed down by expectations that the European Central Bank will be monitoring exchange rates more closely. The euro has gained about 6.3% over the last six months. ECB policymaker Francois Villeroy de Galhau said on Wednesday that the ECB was keeping a close eye on exchange rate developments and their negative impact on inflation. "The continued resonance of...ECB's Villeroy's rhetorical shot across the bows of euro bulls yesterday seems to have maintained euro/dollar's heaviness," said Action Economics on its blog on Thursday. The global recovery-sensitive Australian and New Zealand dollars firmed to US$0.7744 and US$0.7182. Bitcoin held gains on Thursday after a slide of nearly $12,000 from last week's record high of $42,000. It rose about 5.9% to $39,588 on Thursday. Interest in the cryptocurrency has surged as institutional investors began buying heavily, viewing it as both an inflation hedge and as exposed to gains if it becomes more widely adopted. ======================================================== Currency bid prices at 10:17AM (1517 GMT) Description RIC Last U.S. Close Pct Change YTD Pct High Bid Low Bid Previous Change Session Dollar index 90.5190 90.2960 +0.26% +0.00% +90.5830 +90.2350 Euro/Dollar $1.2113 $1.2159 -0.37% -0.86% +$1.2172 +$1.2111 Dollar/Yen 104.1050 103.8850 +0.19% +0.77% +104.1950 +103.8150 Euro/Yen 126.08 126.28 -0.16% -0.66% +126.5200 +126.0800 Dollar/Swiss 0.8903 0.8875 +0.33% +0.64% +0.8917 +0.8866 Sterling/Dollar $1.3650 $1.3637 +0.12% -0.07% +$1.3678 +$1.3620 Dollar/Canadian 1.2672 1.2701 -0.23% -0.49% +1.2706 +1.2666 Aussie/Dollar $0.7745 $0.7734 +0.16% +0.70% +$0.7771 +$0.7729 Euro/Swiss 1.0782 1.0787 -0.05% -0.23% +1.0814 +1.0779 Euro/Sterling 0.8871 0.8912 -0.46% -0.74% +0.8918 +0.8871 NZ $0.7182 $0.7175 +0.14% +0.06% +$0.7207 +$0.7173 Dollar/Dollar Dollar/Norway 8.5015 8.4740 +0.34% -0.98% +8.5220 +8.4485 Euro/Norway 10.2980 10.2775 +0.20% -1.61% +10.3300 +10.2780 Dollar/Sweden 8.3491 8.3486 -0.37% +1.86% +8.3596 +8.3048 Euro/Sweden 10.1127 10.1499 -0.37% +0.36% +10.1550 +10.1030 (Reporting by Gertrude Chavez-Dreyfuss; Additional reporting by Julien Ponthus in London; Editing by Alex Richardson)

    email blast