Dollar largely sopported at 1-month highs against other majors
Investing.com — The dollar to a one-month peak against the other major currencies on Thursday, still supported by hopes for an upcoming U.S. tax reform, and the radical comments by Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen.
The greenback strengthened following reports on Wednesday that US President Donald Trump suggested, is the largest U.S. tax overhaul in three decades.
The proposal is still an uphill battle in the US Congress, the Republican party split and the Democrats are hostile.
The US dollar was already supported by Wednesday’s upbeat U.S. data on orders for durable goods, and fresh expectations for a December interest rate increase by the Federal Reserve.
EUR/USD rose slightly, from 0.18% to 1.1767, from the previous session, the one-month lows of 1.1719, while GBP/USD slipped 0.16% to 1.3363, the lowest level since September 14.
Political uncertainty remained in Germany, but Chancellor Angela Merkel seemed to be closer to the formation of a government after Wolfgang Schäuble decided to be President, in the Parliament, so that another party, the Ministry of Finance.
In the UK, the Bank of England Governor Mark Carney said in a speech on Thursday that the United Kingdom will depend on the state of the economic well-being, to leave the business of the European Union.
Carney added that stable inflation is the best contribution of monetary policy to the public is good.
The yen was little changed, with USD/JPY at 112.81, while USD/CHF rose 0.19% to trade 0.9740.
Earlier Thursday, the Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said in a speech that the country, the economic expansion is durable and that he expected to accelerate inflation, the direction of the Central Bank’s 2% target.
Elsewhere, the Australian and new Zealand dollars were weaker, with AUD/USD down 0.31% at 0.7823, the lowest level since July 18, and with NZD/USD up 0.13% to shed to 0.7190.
In a widely expected move, the Reserve Bank of New Zealand left interest rates unchanged at 1.75% at the conclusion of its monetary policy meeting on Thursday.
Commenting on the decision of the Central Bank said that they expect it to raise interest rates for some time, as economic growth weakens prospects and inflation slows down.
Meanwhile, USD/CAD 0.08% toa relaxed fresh three-week high of 1.2405.
The US dollar index, which measures the greenback’s strength against a trade-weighted basket of six major currencies, was constantly on a one-month high of 93.29 05:20 ET (09:20 GMT).