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Dollar regains following Fed rate cut

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The dollar regained on Thursday as upbeat jobs data helped it pause the slide against the euro and it steadied on the yen after the U.S. Federal Reserve’s rate cut

The dollar found its footing on Thursday as upbeat jobs data helped it recoup a little of its slide against the euro and it steadied on the yen after the U.S. Federal Reserve’s surprise rate cut.

The safe-haven yen also handed back a fraction of recent gains, as the resurgence of moderate Joe Biden in the Democratic Party primaries lifted investors’ risk appetite.

Strong U.S. labor-market data overnight, with February private payrolls beating expectations, helped the greenback 0.3% higher on the euro to $1.137 per euro.

A dollar last bought 107.61 yen. An emergency 50 basis point interest rate cut by the Fed on Tuesday had sent the dollar to a five-month low of 106.84 yen.

Irrespective of Fed rate cuts, in our view demand for the dollar is likely to be firm as long as the coronavirus crisis continues and fears of recession build in various parts of the global economy, said Jane Foley, senior FX strategist at Rabobank in London. We now anticipate that the eurozone will experience recession this year, while the risks that sluggish growth in Australia will turn into recession have also been heightened.

The Australian and New Zealand dollars, heavily sold as the virus’ outbreak widened, halted a nascent advance on the greenback.

The Aussie, which had been the best performing G10 currency over the past 24 hours and has lifted nearly 3% from an 11-year low hit last week, steadied at $0.6621. The kiwi, which has climbed almost 2% from a Monday trough, sat at $0.6291.

Australia’s Treasury Department said on Thursday that it is not forecasting a recession as yet, but that the coronavirus is expected to wipe half a percentage point from first-quarter growth.

People are looking at Aussie dollar positions and whether or not they want to be long, said Chris Weston, head of research at Melbourne brokerage Pepperstone. If you have a look at the outlook, the talk of the town now is what does quantitative easing look like in Australia, when is it likely to be deployed and how much of that is priced in.

Central bank action is also driving prices elsewhere.

The Canadian dollar was slightly weaker against its U.S. counterpart after the Bank of Canada delivered its biggest interest rate cut in more than 10 years – though since the move mirrored the Fed, the reaction was muted.

The loonie last traded at 1.3390 per dollar.

The British pound rose against the dollar and the euro after the incoming Bank of England governor said he would wait for more clarity about the virus before moving interest rates, rather than rushing to an emergency cut.

The pound last bought $1.2871 and traded at 86.55 pence per euro.

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