Daily Afternoon Report 21.07.2015

The dollar remained moderately lower against a basket of other major currencies on Tuesday, as investors locked in profits from the greenback’s recent rise to three-month highs as expectations for a U.S. rate hike in the near future continued to support.

Trading volumes were expected to remain light with no major U.S. data to be released throughout the day.

The dollar remained supported after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said last week that the Fed is likely to raise rates “at some point this year.”

The U.S. dollar index, which measures the greenback’s strength against a trade-weighted basket of six major currencies, was down 0.27% at 97.91, still close to Monday’s three-month high of 98.31.

EUR/USD gained 0.45% to 1.0873, off three-month lows of 1.0812 hit earlier in the session.

The single currency found mild support after Greek banks reopened on Monday, following a forced 3-week closure, while restrictions on cash withdrawals remained in place.

Also Monday, Greece repaid the totality of its arrears of about €2.0 billion to the International Monetary Fund. “Greece is no longer in arrears to the IMF,” the Fund’s spokesman Gerry Rice announced on Monday.

“The Fund stands ready to continue assisting Greece in its efforts to return to financial stability and growth,” Rice added.

The Greek Parliament was scheduled to vote on further austerity measures on Wednesday.

The pound held steady, with GBP/USD at 1.5555.

The U.K. Office for National Statistics reported on Tuesday that public sector net borrowing rose to £8.58 billion in June from £8.35 billion in May, whose figure was downwardly revised from a previously estimated £9.35 billion.

Analysts had expected public sector net borrowing to increase to £8.60 billion last month.

Elsewhere, the dollar was higher against the yen, with USD/JPY up 0.08% at to one-month highs of 124.37 and lower against the Swiss franc, with USD/CHF sliding 0.46% to 0.9602.

The franc gained ground after the Swiss Federal Statistical Office said the trade surplus widened to 3.58 billion Swiss francs last month from an upwardly revised 3.41 billion Swiss francs in May. Analysts had expected the trade surplus to narrow to 2.78 billion Swiss francs in June.

The Australian dollar was steady, with AUD/USD at 0.7373, close to the previous session’s six-year lows of 0.7325, while NZD/USD climbed 0.56% to 0.6603.

Earlier Tuesday, the minutes of the Reserve Bank of Australia’s July meeting minutes suggested that the bank sees the economy as not weak enough to warrant a rate cut but not strong enough to need a rise.

USD/CAD was little changed at six-year highs of 1.2986.