Forex – Dollar Closes Back in on 3-1/2 Month Highs

© Reuters. Dollar closes back in on 3-1/2 month highs – The dollar pushed higher against a basket of the other major currencies on Monday, recovering after Friday’s pullback from three-and-a-half month highs.

The , which measures the greenback’s strength against a basket of six major currencies, rose 0.32% to 91.60 by 07:14 AM ET (11:14 AM GMT), closing in on Friday’s highs of 91.79, the most since January 11.

The index climbed 1.37% last week, boosted by rising U.S. yields and the prospect of a faster pace of rate hikes by the Federal Reserve this year.

Expectations of higher interest rates make the dollar more attractive to investors seeking yield. The yield on rose above psychologically important 3% level for the first time since 2014 last week, amid rising inflation expectations.

The yield subsequently backed off that level and was last at 2.968%.

The dollar extended early gains against the yen, with up 0.26% to trade at 109.32, within close reach of the two-and-a-half month high of 109.52 set on Friday.

The euro was lower, with sliding 0.36% to 1.2088, re-approaching Friday’s three-and-a-half month lows of 1.2054.

The pound fell to two-month lows, with losing 0.18% to trade at 109.24 as an in Britain dealt a blow to Prime Minister Theresa May as she prepares to navigate the final year of Brexit negotiations.

The pound had already come under pressure on Friday after data showing that Britain’s economy slowed sharply in the first quarter, prompting investors to slash expectations for a rate hike by the Bank of England next month.

Investors were turning their attention to a Federal Reserve meeting and the nonfarm payrolls report for April later this week.

The Fed is unlikely to raise rates at the conclusion of its two-day meeting on Wednesday after a hike in March, but the central bank’s statement will be closely watched amid speculation over whether it will raise rates four times this year, rather than the three signaled by policy makers.

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