Monday, August 1, 2011

Compromise in the US: market’s sentiment improved

The pair USD/JPY jumped today from the 4-month minimum at 76.88 hit on Friday to 78.04 and then eased back down to the 77.30 area. The pair USD/CHF is also trading above the all-time minimum at 0.7853.

It happened as US President Barack Obama announced that the White house and the Congress have at last agreed on the plan to prevent a default. The agreement includes raising the nation’s debt limit by $2.1 trillion and cutting the federal budget deficit by $2.5 trillion over a decade.

The analysts at Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce note that the tension level has eased as at the end of last week investors got nervous about the lack of compromise on the back of an approaching deadline. It’s necessary to note, however, that the risks of the United States losing top AAA credit rating remain high. Last week S&P said that if the spending cuts have to be lo less than $4 trillion to rule out the threat of the downgrade.

Currency strategists at Bank of America Merrill Lynch note that spending contraction will make the Federal Reserve keep the rates unchanged for a long time. In their view, there will be no hikes until US economic growth pace is below the long-term trend of 3%. Analysts at Barclays Capital think that the Fed will stay on hold during the whole next year.

According to the data from Commodity Futures Trading Commission, net bets against dollar rose to 310,222 contracts as of July 26 from 272,444 a week before.

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Chart. Daily USD/JPY

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