Forex – Dollar Surges Higher after U.S. Retail Data

© Reuters. – The U.S. dollar rose to the best levels of the day on Tuesday, nearing last week’s four-and-a-half month highs after a slightly stronger than expected U.S. retail sales report.

The , which measures the greenback’s strength against a basket of six major currencies, was up 0.58% to 93.09 by 08:50 AM ET (12:51 GMT), re-approaching last Wednesday’s highs of 93.26, the most since December 19.

The reported that while retail sales rose in April the prior months figure was revised up to 0.8% from a previously reported 0.6%.

Core retail sales rose last month, but April’s figure was revised up to 0.4%, from 0.2% previously.

The report indicated that consumer spending is on track to rebound after a soft patch in the first quarter.

The data helped push U.S. Treasury yields higher, with the yield on hitting 3.047%, the most since early 2014 on rising inflation expectations.

The dollar climbed to three-month highs against the yen, with up 0.51% to 110.21.

The euro fell to near one-week lows, with dropping 0.68% to 1.1846.

Earlier Tuesday, a report confirmed that growth in the slowed slightly in the first quarter, underlining the European Central Bank’s caution about scaling back stimulus.

The pound was also lower against the dollar, with losing 0.55% to trade at 1.3481, within close reach of Thursday’s four-month trough of 1.3459.

The latest earlier Tuesday did little to boost expectations for a summer rate hike by the Bank of England, showing that unemployment remained steady while wage growth picked up only modestly in the three months to April.

The Australian dollar was the largest decliner against its U.S. counterpart among the major currencies, with last at 0.7465, off 0.82% for the day.

Meanwhile, was down 0.55% to 0.6873, a level not seen since mid-December.

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