Daily Afternoon Report 01.02.2018

The U.S. dollar turned lower against other major currencies on Thursday, as investors became more cautious ahead of Friday’s highly-anticipated employment data.

The greenback briefly rebounded after the Federal Reserve, at the conclusion of its policy meeting on Wednesday, signalled its confidence about inflation and growth in the U.S.

The Fed said that inflation is likely to rise this year, boosting expectations for further interest rate hikes under incoming central bank head Jerome Powell.

The Fed left rates unchanged on Wednesday, in widely expected move. The meeting was current Fed chair Janet Yellen’s last.

The decision came after ADP payrolls processing firm reported that the U.S. private sector created 234,000 jobs in January, beating expectations for a 186,000 rise.

Market participants were now looking ahead to Friday’s nonfarm payrolls report for further indications on the strength of the economy.

The euro and the pound moved higher, with EURUSD up 0.28% at 1.2448 and with GBPUSD gaining 0.42% to 1.4247.

Earlier Thursday, data showed that UK manufacturing activity unexpectedly slowed in January.

The yen and the Swiss franc remained weaker, with USDJPY up 0.40% at 109.63 and with USDCHF adding 0.11% to 0.9318.

Meanwhile, AUDUSD declined 0.50% to 0.8015, while NZDUSD edged 0.15% lower to 0.7352.

USDCAD eased 0.08% to 1.2305.