The U.S. Dollar Index that tracks the greenback against a basket of other currencies inched down 0.09% to 102.45
The dollar was down on Thursday morning in Asia. The European Central Bank meeting and its policy decisions later in the day remained the biggest focus of the market.
The U.S. Dollar Index that tracks the greenback against a basket of other currencies inched down 0.09% to 102.45 by 4:29 AM GMT.
The USD/JPY pair edged down 0.12% to 134.09. The yen clawed back from a 20-year low during the earlier session on Thursday, although the Bank of Japan kept policies stimulatory.
The AUD/USD pair edged down 0.13% to 0.7183 and the NZD/USD pair inched up 0.08% to 0.6452.
The USD/CNY pair edged down 0.10% to 6.6768, while the GBP/USD pair inched down 0.04% to 1.2535.
Government data released earlier in the day showed that China’s exports grew 16.9% year-on-year in May as COVID-19 curbs and disruptions to production and logistics eased, beating market expectations.
The ECB will hand down its policy decision later in the day and is expected to end its long-running asset purchase program.
In the event ECB President Christine Lagarde ‘leans into a more hawkish interest rate move in the future, that’s going give a boost to euro-dollar,’ Commonwealth Bank of Australia currency strategist Carol Kong told Reuters.
I don’t think a rate hike today is very likely, as the ECB has talked a lot about sequencing and said it will stop asset purchases before raising interest rates but given that inflation is at a record high and the economic rationale for a rate hike is there, I would not completely rule it out, Kong added.
The market has priced in a 50-basis point interest rate hike by the ECB given the high euro zero inflation.