The U.S. currency fell in early European trade on Thursday. The U.S. dollar retreated from a two-year high as the rally in U.S. bond yields took a break, ahead of a highly-anticipated European Central Bank meeting.
At 03:00 AM ET (07:00 GMT), the dollar index, which tracks the U.S. currency against a basket of six other currencies, declined 0.3% to 99.595. The dollar fell from Wednesday’s intraday day of 100.52, its highest since May 2020.
On early Thursday, the benchmark 10-year Treasury yield traded at 2.684%, retreating from Tuesday’s high of 2.836% as weaker than expected U.S. core consumer inflation reined in some expectations of more aggressive Federal Reserve tightening to tackle inflation later in the year.
Dollar, yen, and the euro
The USD/JPY declined 0.3% to 125.28, with the unloved Japanese yen receiving some respite from the falling yields. It recovered from its lowest point. On Wednesday, the Japanese currency declined to its lowest point against the U.S. in 20 years.
Investors are focused on the European Central Bank’s meeting on Thursday. As it stands the central bank plans to end its emergency bond-buying at some point in the third quarter, with interest rates going up at some point after that.
The euro rose against the U.S. dollar. The EUR/USD gained 0.3% to 1.0918, extending gains made in the previous session.
The USD/CAD fell 0.2% to 1.2543 the day after the Bank of Canada raised rates by 50 basis points, its largest hike in a long time. The Bank of Canada raised rates by 50 basis points as it wants to tackle inflation.