Daily Afternoon Report 18.09.2015

The dollar remained broadly lower against the other major currencies in quiet trade on Friday, as investors were still digesting the Federal Reserve’s decision to leave interest rates unchanged this month.

EUR/USD edged down 0.17% to 1.1414, after rising to four-week highs of 1.1460 earlier in the session.

The dollar weakened broadly after the Fed kept interest rates unchanged on Thursday, but losses were limited as the central bank left open the possibility of a rate hike later this year.

Speaking after the rate statement, Fed Chair Janet Yellen said global economic developments played a major part in the central bank’s decision.

In deciding when to raise interest rates, the Fed repeated it wanted to see “some further improvement in the labor market” and be “reasonably confident” that inflation will increase.

The dollar was lower against the yen, with USD/JPY down 0.51% at 119.40.

Earlier Friday, the minutes of the Bank of Japan’s August policy meeting revealed that the central bank must be vigilant to the risk of a decline in exports from a prolonged slowdown in China and other emerging economies.

Board members also said that the weakness in Japan’s output and exports was temporary.

Elsewhere, the dollar was lower against the pound and the Swiss franc, with GBP/USD up 0.36% at 1.5646 and with USD/CHF sliding 0.41% to 0.9559.

The Australian and New Zealand dollars were stronger, with AUD/USD up 1.28% at 0.7267 and with NZD/USD rallying 1.60% to 0.6448.

Meanwhile, USD/CAD plummeted 1.21% to trade at 1.3020.

The U.S. dollar index, which measures the greenback’s strength against a trade-weighted basket of six major currencies, was down 0.20% at 94.23, the lowest level since August 26.