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EUR/USD Drops Near 1.0600 as Fed Rate Hike Expectations Grow

EUR/USD Drops Near 1.0600 as Fed Rate Hike Expectations Grow

EUR/USD has dropped to near 1.0610, marking its sixth consecutive session of decline, amid trading in the Asian markets on Tuesday. The strong US Dollar, buoyed by rising US Treasury yields and solid retail sales data, is applying pressure on the Euro.

The US Dollar Index (DXY) has risen to approximately 106.20. Current yields for 2-year and 10-year US Treasury bonds are 4.92% and 4.60%, respectively. These increases are partly due to escalating tensions in the Middle East, which have driven investors towards the safety of the US Dollar.

March’s US Retail Sales showed a 0.7% rise, surpassing the anticipated 0.3% and revising February’s figures from 0.6% to 0.9%. The Retail Sales Control Group also reported a significant increase of 1.1%, which was a jump from the prior 0.3%.

San Francisco Federal Reserve President Mary Daly commented on the economic outlook, noting that while inflation has somewhat subsided, the journey to stable prices is not over. Daly stressed the necessity for inflation to consistently approach the target before any policy adjustments are made. She also pointed out the robust growth of the economy and the strong labor market, even though inflation rates remain above desired levels.

Conversely, the Euro’s value is weakening due to cautious statements from European Central Bank (ECB) officials. ECB Governing Council member Gediminas Šimkus hinted at a more than 50% chance of over three interest rate cuts this year. Additionally, ECB Chief Economist Philip Lane indicated that domestic inflation has not improved as much as other inflation metrics. Despite this, Lane remains optimistic about reaching the inflation target by 2025.

These various economic indicators and policy statements from key central bank figures are shaping investor expectations and market dynamics, influencing the EUR/USD currency pair’s movements.