What you need to take care of on Thursday, March 24:
The dollar ended Wednesday mixed, as investors struggled to make something out of mostly worrisome headlines. Higher crude oil prices amid escalating tensions between Russia and western nations dented the market’s mood.
The barrel of West Texas Intermediate surged to $115.37 a barrel, while Brent changed hands at as high as $118.41 a barrel. Gold, on the other hand, advanced within range, posting intraday gains but holding below the weekly high at $1,941.24 a troy ounce.
European stocks edged lower, weighing on their American counterparts. US indexes trimmed Tuesday’s losses, ending the day with substantial losses.
Government bond pared their slumps, which resulted in yields retreating from multi-year highs. The yield on the 10-year US Treasury note peaked at 2.417%, to later shed roughly 10 basis points and hurt the dollar’s demand.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced that the US government formally accused Russian troops of committing war crimes in Ukraine. US President Joe Biden will meet his European NATO counterparts on Thursday, and more sanctions on Moscow are expected to be announced. Leaders will also discuss the Iran nuclear deal.
The pound was among the worst performers, with GBP/USD falling to 1.3147 on the back of higher UK inflation and the Budget report. According to official data, the Consumer Price Index jumped to 6.2% YoY in February from 5.5% in the previous month. Also, Finance Minister Rishi Sunak presented a new budget, which included upward revisions to inflation and downward revisions to growth. Tax growth expectations were downwardly revised to 3.8% from 6%. GBP/USD hovers around 1.3200 at the time being.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz announced the country would build their own LNG terminals faster than planned, as bans on Moscow energy could put the region into recession. EU Consumer Confidence plummeted to -18.7 in March, according to preliminary estimates. EUR/USD is barely holding above 1.1000.
Commodity-linked currencies benefited from higher oil and gas prices, also getting a late boost from strengthening gold. The AUD/USD pair flirts with the 0.7500 level, while USD/CAD trades near a fresh monthly low of 1.2541.
The USD/JPY pair consolidated gains and settled just above the 121.00 mark, while USD/CHF edged lower, now trading near the 0.9300 figure.
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