The US Dollar fell against most of its major currency pairs yesterday on a media report, later denied, that Gulf Arab states were in talks to abandon the Dollar in oil trading. By yesterday's close, the Dollar had fallen 0.5% against the JPY to 88.70, nearing an 8-month low hit last week. The greenback experienced similar behavior against the EUR and closed at 1.4723.
A rise in equity and commodity prices on the back of strong U.S. data also drove investors from the U.S. Dollar and into perceived riskier assets.
The buck had already been under pressure on expectations the U.S. Federal Reserve would not rush to raise its interest rates and on the growing view that the greenback has become a funding currency for carry trades. In addition, analysts attributed the fall in the Dollar, which has been treated as a lower risk, safe-haven investment, to growing optimism that the worst of the financial crisis has passed. This has caused investors to buy commodity-linked and higher-yielding currencies, which rallied earlier this week.
Looking ahead to today, the most important economic indicator scheduled to be released from the U.S. is the Crude Oil Inventories report at 14:30 GMT. Traders will be paying close attention to today's announcement as it has the potential to impact the price of oil, and thus the USD, in today's trading.