August 2, 2021

Dollar on course for weekly gain; kiwi leaps with inflation

  • U.S. dollar index heads for 0.5% weekly rise
  • Virus jitters, rates outlook keeps USD supported
  • NZD jumps as inflation surges to decade-high

SINGAPORE, July 16 (Reuters) – The dollar headed on Friday for its best weekly gain in about a month, supported by buying on investor worries about quicker U.S. interest rate increases and by rising virus infections, while a hot inflation reading lifted the New Zealand dollar.

The kiwi was the biggest mover amongst majors in morning trade, and was last up 0.4% at $0.7003, after consumer prices rose far faster than expected at a decade-high pace of 1.3% for the June quarter and 3.3% for the year.

The reading has brought forward rate hike expectations to next month, with markets now pricing an 86% chance the Reserve Bank of New Zealand becomes the first developed-market central bank to exit from emergency policy settings.

Still, against a firm…

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