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The dollar reached a 10-week low on Monday as investors spent on trade-exposed currencies foreshadowing an easy money policy following Biden’s win.
The fall of the dollar index has advanced other currencies. The Chinese yuan struck a 28-month peak, the New Zealand dollar rose 0.6% to hit a 19-month high and the Australian dollar made a seven-week top.
Democrat Biden emerged as the president-elect. The Senate though seems to still be under the control of the Republicans. The January runoff votes in Georgia will determine the final outcome of the Senate.
Michael McCarthy, CMC Markets’ chief strategist said from a market point of view, the outcome is perfect.
The possibility of more gridlock means that the hope for a large fiscal stimulus package has been lowered.
On the other hand, the yuan which was eagerly waiting for the election results based on assumption that Joe Biden will take a softer route concerning trades with China has jumped to 6.5758 per dollar.
Selling of dollar was held in check due to pandemic worries and Donald Trump has refused to concede after losing the election.
Also, as fresh cases of coronavirus increases and countries are putting up stricter restrictions, traders are being as careful as possible.
The dollar held steady at 105.28 yen, trading near a three-week high. Against the euro, the dollar was little changed at $1.1822.
The greenback index has stood at 92.641 against a basket of six major currencies, close to a two-week low.
The dollar index fell 0.3% at 92.836. Markets are keen to see the Fed's economic projections, and particularly whether it spells out where it sees inflation headed and what exactly that means for interest rates.
The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell below 500,000 last week for the first since the COVID-19 pandemic started more than a year ago, signaling the labor market recovery
Shares rose to near record highs on Thursday, underpinned by a better outlook from Europe’s leading carmaker Volkswagen and increasing confidence in economic recovery in Germany and more widely.
Pakistan Business Council in Dubai, a business policy advocacy platform with 600 business members, has thanked the UAE for its support to the Pakistani business community and vowed to bolster trade between the two countries.
Masdar and Taaleri Energia, which invests in utility-scale wind and solar assets, have agreed to develop a 65-megawatt (MW) solar photovoltaic (PV) project in Greece. The project will be managed through the companies’ joint venture Masdar-Taaleri Generation (MTG).