In the early hours of Monday, major currency pairs maintain stability within familiar ranges, reflecting investor caution as they brace for this week's macroeconomic events. The economic calendar lacks high-impact releases, with Germany's Bundesbank sharing its monthly report in European trading hours, and the Bank of Japan (BoJ) announcing monetary policy decisions in the Asian session on Tuesday.
Currency Market Overview
The US Dollar Index hovers above 103.00, showcasing resilience after a 1% gain in the preceding week. The benchmark 10-year US Treasury bond yield holds above 4%, contributing to the USD's strength. US stock index futures open the week with modest gains.
EUR/USD, pressured by broad USD strength, closed negatively last week. European Central Bank (ECB) President Lagarde, at the World Economic Forum (WEF), refrained from commenting on near-term monetary policy but acknowledged decreasing inflation in the Eurozone and globally. The pair steadies around 1.0900 early Monday.
USD/JPY touched late November highs at 148.80 on Friday but retraced to close slightly above 148.00. Analysts suggest potential upward movement if the BoJ maintains its current expansionary course. The pair trades within a narrow channel.
GBP/USD, after marginal losses the previous week, consolidates around 1.2700 on Monday. Services and Manufacturing PMIs on Wednesday from the UK are anticipated as crucial data releases.
AUD/USD records a third consecutive week of losses, trading below 0.6600 on Monday. National Australia Bank's Business Conditions and Business Confidence data for December, releasing on Tuesday, might influence the pair.
Commodity Market Insights
Gold and Silver Performance
Gold, despite a recovery on Thursday and Friday, suffered a 1% loss the previous week. XAU/USD remains under pressure early Monday, trading around $2,020, reflecting market caution.
Silver (XAG/USD) experiences a significant dip to near $22.00 on Monday, down more than 2.5% from its previous close. Reduced expectations of early rate cuts by the Federal Reserve (Fed) contribute to the decline.
WTI Crude Oil Trends
West Texas Intermediate (WTI) US Crude Oil prices trend lower for the second successive day, hovering around $73.00 per barrel during the Asian session. The commodity remains within a familiar trading range, cautioning against aggressive directional bets amid mixed fundamental cues.
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