The dollar fell broadly against most of its major currency pairs on Thursday, as soft inflation and manufacturing data added to concerns about the strength of the U.S. economy. By yesterday's close, the dollar fell around 1.5% against the EUR to 1.2940, a 2-month low. The dollar experienced similar behavior against the GBP and closed at 1.5455.
U.S. producer prices declined for a third straight month. The data came just a day after minutes of the Federal Reserve's latest meeting revealed that policy makers think they may need to do more to boost the economy if a sputtering recovery slows any further. The news helped push the EUR to its highest against the dollar since May.
Another leading indicator released yesterday was U.S. Unemployment Claims. This number handedly beat last week's result but failed to provide strength to the dollar as investors may be waiting for key data due to be released today to implement their trading strategies.
As for today, data releases are expected from the U.S. economy. These figures are expected to set the tone for the USD's pairs and crosses. Special attention should be given to the Core CPI which is expected to be unchanged from its previous reading. Traders pay close attention to this figure as it has a strong correlation with the value of the U.S. dollar. Also today, the Prelim UoM Consumer Sentiment is scheduled and should also have an impact on the market because if it delivers unfavorable figures it will validate a problematic U.S. economy, and the USD is likely to weaken as a result.