In early European trading on Tuesday, the dollar was not particularly popular, as the tone on the market remains generally optimistic about the global recovery, despite heightened concern over U.S.-China tensions and civil unrest in many US cities.
At 03:25 Eastern time, the US dollar index, which tracks its rate against a basket of six other currencies, was 97.793, almost unchanged during the day, earlier dropping to 97.73, the lowest level since mid-March. The pair USD/JPY increased by 0.2% to 107.77.
Meanwhile, the dollar against the ruble fell below 69 rubles. And at the moment it is trading at 68.8 rubles.
On Tuesday morning, the Australian Central Bank kept its interest rate and yield targets unchanged amid emerging signs of economic recovery.
Philip Lowe, who is the head of the Reserve Bank of Australia, declared that perhaps the depth of the recession would be less than previously expected. The Australian dollar rose 0.1% to $0.6802, reaching its highest level since late January.
This followed a recession in May of US manufacturing activity to an 11-year low, which fueled the hope of a bottom and further economic recovery.
Kyosuke Suzuki, who is the director of foreign exchange operations at Societe Generale noted that there were some potential hotbeds of tension, such as protests in the United States and tensions between China and the United States.
But overall, the market was still in a moderately risky condition.
The Euro retained its recent gains on Tuesday, backed up by the adoption of an EU stimulus package last week, as well as ahead of a meeting of the European Central Bank on Thursday, where asset purchases are expected to increase by around 500 billion euros to 1.25 trillion Euro. Support is also reported on another government stimulus package, which will be discussed on Tuesday in the office of Chancellor Angela Merkel.
The EUR/USD pair is trading on Tuesday at $1.1126, holding close to the level reached on the eve of a two-month high of $1.1154.
GBP/USD was trading at $1.2532, after reaching a month high of $1.2554, as the UK weakened many-month quarantine measures, and another round of negotiations on Brexit begins on Tuesday.
Danske Bank analysts noted that EU demands for so-called “equal playing conditions” remain the main obstacle and any breakthrough is not expected before the deadline – July 1, when the UK and the EU will need to decide on an extension of the transition period.