The Aussie recovered in Asia on Tuesday after the latest central bank rate review held steady as seen, shrugging off the current account as it widened further than expected into deficit.
The Reserve Bank of Australia released its latest interest rate decision on Tuesday and held at a record low 1.50%. Earlier, Australia reported the current account widened to a deficit of A$3.1 billion, compared with a surplus of A$100 million seen for the first quarter.
Overnight, the dollar edged higher against a basket of major currencies on Monday, shrugging off the release of mostly downbeat economic data fuelling concerns of a slowdown in the U.S. economy.
U.S. non-manufacturing activity grew at a slower pace in May, as the Institute for Supply Management on Monday said its non-manufacturing index fell 0.6 points to 56.9 in May.
In a separate report, the Commerce Department said Monday that Factory orders dipped 0.2% in April, in line with forecasts. The greenback is struggling to recover from a slump to seven-month lows, after data on Friday showed that the U.S. economy added far fewer jobs than expected.
The recent bout of soft economic data, however, failed to lower investor expectations that the Federal Reserve will hike its benchmark rate in June.
According to the Fed rate monitor tool, nearly 90% of traders expect a June rate hike.
GBP/USD traded higher, recovering from a dip in the overnight Asia session, as investors mulled over the latest opinion polls, suggesting that Thursday’s UK general election could be closer than initially expected.
The latest YouGov opinion poll predicts that the Conservatives will win only 305 seats in the House of Commons, above Labour’s 268 but well short of the 326 seats needed for a majority.
The oil-linked Canadian dollar came under pressure, after oil prices tumbled more than 1%, following fears of a disruption to OPEC’s measures to curb supply, after top crude exporter Saudi Arabia and other Arab states severed ties with Qatar.
The U.S. dollar index, which measures the greenback’s strength against a trade-weighted basket of six major currencies, eased 0.18% to 96.60.