Dollar flat ahead of key payrolls report; euro steady after ECB cut – The U.S. dollar traded largely unchanged in early European trade Friday as traders awaited the release of key U.S. employment data, while the euro steadied after the European Central Bank’s historic rate cut. 

At 05:00 ET (09:00 GMT), the Dollar Index, which tracks the greenback against a basket of six other currencies, traded flat at 104.060.

Dollar awaits monthly jobs report

has been on the back foot this week, with the index down 0.5% this week so far, as easing labor market conditions in the United States added to the case for Fed rate cuts this year.

Weekly jobless claims came in slightly above last week’s upwardly revised 221,000 on Thursday, supporting this week’s market narrative that labor market tightness is ebbing.

Next up is the keenly-anticipated monthly . 

Expectations are for the world’s largest economy to have added 185,000 jobs last month – slightly more than April’s 175,000, which was the smallest gain in half a year. The is expected to have remained below 4% for the 28th straight month. 

The employment report could prove the economy is losing steam if it shows the slowdown in job creation has continued, but an upside surprise could deliver a jolt higher for the dollar.

Markets have priced in nearly 50 basis points of Fed rate cuts this year, with the first expected to come in September.

Traders reassess ECB rate cut

slipped 0.1% lower to 1.0884, falling back from the 2-1/2 month peak of 1.0916 hit seen earlier in the week as traders assess the European Central Bank’s first since 2019.

At the same time the central bank raised its inflation forecasts and President declined at a press conference to confirm it had entered a phase of ‘dialling back’ its restrictive monetary policy.

“Lagarde’s comments during the press conference – which pointed to a still-needed level of restriction, high data dependency and the fact that one member of the Governing Council was against yesterday’s rate cut decision – suggested that the ECB has indeed not yet decided on any next steps,” said analysts at ING, in a note.

fell marginally to 1.2786, with sterling trading in a tight range ahead of the Bank of England’s next rate-setting later this month.

Upcoming BOJ meeting limits ranges

In Asia, traded 0.2% lower to 155.33, with the focus squarely on a meeting next week, where the central bank is expected to begin tapering its bond purchases, tightening policy.

slipped slightly to 7.2428, remaining close to six-month highs after the release of the latest Chinese trade data. 

China’s grew more than expected in May, buoyed by strong industrial production and overseas demand. This saw the country’s also log a bigger-than-expected surplus.

But China’s grew at a much weaker-than-expected pace, indicating that local demand remained subdued as the broader economy grappled with an uneven economic recovery.



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