Dollar Down, but Investors’ Flight to Safety Limits Losses

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By Gina Lee – was down on Monday morning in Asia, starting the week near a 20-year high. However, investors are turning to the U.S. currency thanks to fears about global growth while cryptocurrency markets appeared to find some stability after a tumultuous week.

The that tracks the greenback against a basket of other currencies inched down 0.02% to 104.38 by 11:42 PM ET (3:42 AM GMT). The index briefly shot past the 105 level on Friday, its highest since December 2002, after six successive weeks of gains.

The pair was down 0.23% to 128.89.

The pair fell 0.86% to 0.6879 and the pair fell 0.72% to 0.6237.

The pair inched up 0.06% to 6.7934. Chinese data released earlier in the day showed that grew 6.8% year-on-year, contracted 2.9% year-on-year, grew 4% year-on-year, and contracted 11.1% year-on-year in April 2022. The stood at 6.1%.

The pair edged down 0.20% to 1.2236.

Investors have flocked to the safe-haven greenback due to concerns about the U.S. Federal Reserve’s ability to tame high inflation without causing a recession. However, worries about slowing growth arising from the war in Ukraine and the economic impact of China’s lockdowns to curb its latest COVID-19 outbreak.

“Broad dollar strength is being supported by a mounting global growth concern,” Barclays (LON:) analysts said in a note.

Events to watch this week included U.S. retail and production data due on Tuesday, as well as public remarks from several Fed officials. “The focus will be on any potential reiteration/pushback on the notion that 75-basis point rate hikes are off the table for now,” the note added.

Markets are pricing in 50 basis point hikes at the Fed’s next two meetings, according to CME’s Fedwatch tool. However, the possibility of larger increases remains.

The disappointing Chinese data was also on investors’ minds.

“A weaker growth outlook in China is likely to keep commodity G10 currencies under pressure and the dollar supported,” according to the Barclays note.

The euro started the week near its lowest level since early 2017, thanks to the strong dollar and the European economy’s exposure to the war in Ukraine that was perpetrated by the Russian invasion of Feb. 24. Top European Central Bank officials are also due to speak throughout the week.

In Asia Pacific, the Japanese yen was a little softer on Monday morning at 129.43 yen per dollar. It managed its first week of gains since early March 2022 during the previous week. Concerns of an economic recession meant U.S. Treasury yields eased their recent rally. As yields remain low in Japan, the yen is vulnerable to higher U.S. yields.

Cryptocurrencies had a quiet weekend after the previous week’s turmoil driven by TerraUSD, a so-called stablecoin, breaking its dollar peg. was trading around the $31,000 mark after falling to $21,400 on Thursday, its lowest since December 2020.

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