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US dollar bounces as strong jobs report likely delays Fed easing – Markets – The Jakarta


he US dollar rebounded on Friday after data showed the world’s largest economy created a lot more jobs than expected last month, suggesting that the Federal Reserve could take time in starting its easing cycle this year.

The dollar index, which tracks the currency’s value against six major peers led by the euro, rose 0.8 percent to 104.91, its best daily gain since April 10.

For the week, the index was on track for a 0.2 percent gain, with the strong jobs number offsetting a run of weaker macro data that had earlier prompted investors to put two quarter-point Fed rate cuts back on the table in 2024.

US nonfarm payrolls expanded by 272,000 jobs last month, data showed, while revisions showed 15,000 fewer jobs created in March and April combined than previously reported. Economists polled by Reuters had forecast payrolls advancing by 185,000.

Average hourly earnings rose 0.4 percent after having slowed to a 0.2 percent rate in April. Wages increased 4.1 percent in the 12 months through May following an upwardly revised 4 percent annual rise the prior month.

The unemployment rate, however, edged up to 4 percent from 3.9 percent in April, breaching a level that had previously held for 27 straight months.

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“The markets and the Fed bow down to the holy grail of one number, and it is the payrolls report. Of course, it is not just about that headline print but also the higher-than-expected wage number,” said David Rosenberg, founder and president of Rosenberg Research in Montreal.

“But as they say — ‘it is what it is.’ And because we know what the Fed is laser-focused on, and how the Fed is so omnipresent when it comes to market activity in stocks and bonds, consider this to be a bearish report because it simply will embolden the hawks on the FOMC [Federal Open Market Committee].”

The FOMC is not expected to make any change at its policy meeting next week,

Following the jobs data, the rate futures market has priced in just one cut of 25 basis points this year, either at the November or December meeting, according to LSEG’s rate probability app.

The chances of a rate cut in September declined to about 50.8 percent post-jobs, from around 70 percent late on Thursday.

The dollar rose 0.6 percent against the yen to 156.64. The US currency was still down 0.4 percent on the week, on track for its worst weekly performance since late April, or around the time Japanese monetary authorities stepped in to the market to prop up the yen.

Like the Fed, the Bank of Japan decides rate policy next week, and consensus is building in the market for an imminent reduction in its monthly bond purchases as a means of tightening credit conditions.

Despite recent firmness, the yen remains not far from the 34-year trough beyond 160 per dollar reached at the end of April, which prompted Japanese officials to spend some 9.8 trillion yen ($62.9 billion) intervening in the currency market to support it.

The euro, meanwhile, dropped 0.8 percent versus the dollar to $1.0803. On the week, Europe’s single currency slid 0.4 percent, its largest weekly percentage loss since the week starting April 8.

The currency’s losses also came a day after the European Central Bank cut rates in a well-telegraphed move, but offered few hints about the outlook for monetary policy given that inflation is still above target. Sterling, meanwhile, retreated 0.5 percent against the dollar to $1.2722 after earlier in the session hitting $1.2825, the highest level since mid-March.



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