Big week for markets gets underway in a calm fashion
Major currency pairs fluctuate in narrow ranges at the beginning of the week as investors gear up for this week’s key macroeconomic events. There will not be any high-impact data releases featured in the US economic docket on Monday. On Tuesday, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics will release the Consumer Price Index (CPI) data for May ahead of the Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank’s (ECB) policy announcements on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively.
US stock index futures trade modestly higher in the European morning and the benchmark 10-year US Treasury bond yield holds steady near 3.75%, reflecting a neutral risk mood. The US Dollar Index, which gauges the US Dollar‘s (USD) performance against a basket of six major currencies, moves sideways at around mid-103.00s.
EUR/USD lost its traction on Friday and erased a large portion of the gains it recorded on Thursday. Nevertheless, the pair snapped a five-week losing streak. Early Monday, EUR/USD stays calm near 1.0750.
GBP/USD gained more than 100 pips last week. In the European morning, the pair clings to small daily gains while holding comfortably above 1.2550. On Tuesday, the UK’s Office for National Statistics will release the jobs report.
USD/JPY edges higher early Monday but stays below 140.00. On Friday, the Bank of Japan (BoJ) will unveil monetary policy decisions. “It’s still too early to call that this inflation has been sustainable and stable,” Bank of Japan (BoJ) policymaker Masazumi Wakatabe told Bloomberg earlier in the day.
Gold price corrected lower on Friday but closed the week in positive territory. XAU/USD moves up and down in a tight channel around $1,960 in the European session.
USD/CAD recovered modestly following the disappointing jobs report on Friday but failed to gather further bullish momentum. The pair stays on the back foot below 1.3350 on Monday.
Bitcoin continued to edge lower over the weekend and ended up losing more than 4% last week. BTC/USD inches lower early Monday and stays below $26,000. Ethereum suffered heavy losses on Sunday and closed the week below $1,800. ETH/USD remains under modest bearish early Monday and trades near $1,750.