The FOMC statement sent the U.S. dollar into a tailspin and drove other major currencies to fresh highs. While the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy announcement came in as expected, the market interpreted it as dovish. The reason was that, the policy statement contained too much concern over inflation to give the dollar a boost. While the Fed indicated that it would start unwinding its balance sheet “relatively soon”, a change in language from “later this year” in the June statement, it said inflation remains below the central bank’s 2 percent target even as near-term risks to the economic outlook appear balanced. That fueled speculation the Fed won’t rush to raise interest rates.
The dollar fell sharply post FOMC and pushed the euro and British pound to new highs. EUR/USD hit a fresh 2-year high on the way to 1.18 while GBP/USD broke above 1.31. Given the strong uptrend, bulls might tend to extend gains to 1.18 in the euro and 1.32 in the cable. Nonetheless, we bear in mind that EUR/USD and GBP/USD are in lofty highs, the risk for stronger pullbacks is thus increased.
U.S. Durable Goods Orders are scheduled for release at 12:30 UTC and could have a short-term impact on the greenback.
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