By Kate Duguid
NEW YORK (Reuters) – The safe-haven U.S. greenback rose modestly on Thursday afternoon as worries about rising numbers of coronavirus infections spurred a broader risk-off transfer, pushing U.S. equities decrease.
One other bounce in coronavirus infections has compelled California and different states to close down once more, elevating fears the U.S. economic system and labor market will proceed to endure.
Retail gross sales in June elevated for the second consecutive month, based on a report from the Commerce Division. However the resurgence in new COVID-19 circumstances is chipping on the budding restoration, maintaining 32 million Individuals on unemployment advantages, based on a separate report from the Labor Division on Thursday.
The U.S. greenback index , which measures the foreign money in opposition to a basket of six rivals, was final up 0.35% at 96.350.
The three main U.S. inventory indexes have been all within the pink on the day, with the S&P 500 index <.spx> final down 0.42%.
“The info usually was fairly constructive on U.S. retail gross sales. I believe nonetheless that for international alternate, issues have not actually modified,” stated Mazen Issa, senior international alternate strategist at TD Securities.
That’s, he defined, as a result of for the reason that backside within the inventory market on March 23, international alternate markets have been extremely correlated with equities.
“The info in and of itself hasn’t been a focus for foreign money markets, it has actually been about threat asset efficiency. And that has been motivated by the notion that as poor as the information could also be in future months, that you’ve got a fiscal and financial backstop. There’s loads of religion being positioned in central banks and the collapse in foreign exchange volatility has been reflective of that.”
The euro was barely softer in afternoon commerce, final buying and selling down 0.28% at $1.138
Even when the financing package deal the EU agrees on is smaller than what’s presently on the negotiating desk, analysts stated the greenback could nonetheless proceed to weaken in opposition to the euro.
“Whereas (Europe has) had their troubles, they’re in a significantly better place to rebound than the USA. And I do not imply fairness markets, I imply the true economic system. And that is one more reason it is justified that the greenback is weakening general,” stated John Doyle, vp of dealing and buying and selling at Tempus Inc.
(Reporting by Kate Duguid in New York and Olga Cotaga in London; Enhancing by Bernadette Baum and Jonathan Oatis)