The dollar is weaker in the aftermath of the Wednesday’s Fed decision to hold rates.
The US dollar index is down by 0.5% at 96.59 as of 7:37 a.m. ET.
Notably, there was a bit of a discrepancy between how economists interpreted the Fed’s recent statement and how the market responded. The former group took it as a signal that the Fed is prepping for its next hike, while Fed fund futures suggest at 45.2% chance of a December rate hike (compared to 49.2% on Wednesday morning).
Separately, it’s another quiet day for data in the US. Initial jobless claims and the trade balance will be released at 8:30 a.m. ET.
As for the rest of the world, here’s the scoreboard as of 7:37 a.m. ET:
- TheRussian rubleis down by 0.9% at 66.5301 per dollar after the latest data from the Economy Ministry showed that Russia’s economy shrank by 0.6% in the second quarter compared to a year earlier. That would be the smallest contraction since the country dipped into a recession last year. Theeuro is up by 0.2% at 1.1083 against the dollar. Earlier in the day, Germany’s unemployment change came in at -7,000, better than expectations of -3,000, and the unemployment rate sat unchanged at 6.1%.TheJapanese yenis stronger by 0.6% at 104.75 per dollar.TheBritish poundis down by 0.4% at 1.3166 versus the dollar.