– In today’s European trade, the U.S. dollar shows resilience, maintaining its recent strength as markets await crucial updates on U.S. interest rates through the release of producer inflation and retail sales data.

As of 06:00 ET (10:00 GMT), the Dollar Index, which measures the dollar against a basket of six major currencies, is up 0.1% at 102.490.

Dollar Strength Ahead of U.S. PPI Data: The dollar received a boost earlier this week following the release of a robust U.S. consumer price index (CPI) report, heightening expectations that the Federal Reserve will proceed cautiously with interest rate adjustments.

While the dollar faced downward pressure last week due to dovish remarks from Fed Chair Jerome Powell, suggesting potential rate cuts in the summer, it remains up 1.5% for the year. Strong U.S. economic data, including Tuesday’s CPI figures, indicates a robust economy despite inflation concerns.

Investors are now awaiting the producer price index (PPI) for February and retail sales data for further insights into the Fed’s policy direction.

Euro Steadies Amid ECB Expectations: Meanwhile, EUR/USD trades slightly lower at 1.0942, with limited economic data from the eurozone contributing to subdued market movements.

Following the European Central Bank’s decision to maintain record-high interest rates last week, traders anticipate a possible rate cut soon, considering sluggish growth in the region, particularly in Germany.

ECB policymakers have hinted at potential rate cuts, with expectations leaning towards action in the spring months. ECB President Christine Lagarde suggested a likely rate cut at the central bank’s early June meeting.

Other Currency Movements:

  • GBP/USD rises 0.2% to 1.2816, with the Bank of England expected to maintain interest rates amid inflation concerns.
  • USD/JPY increases by 0.1% to 147.82, with the yen retracing some recent gains ahead of the Bank of Japan’s meeting next week.
  • USD/CNY edges up 0.1% to 7.1902 amid doubts about China’s economic recovery.
  • AUD/USD climbs 0.1% to 0.6624, supported by strength in commodity prices.

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