The U.S. dollar is mixed against major pairs ahead of the March Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting. The Fed is expected to deliver its fist interest rate lift under Chair Jerome Powell. The Fed will publish its rate statement on Wednesday, March 21 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern. Strong data has fuelled the dollar revival but the drama in the White House and tariff uncertainty are keeping the currency down against safe haven currencies.
The U.S. dollar ended up mixed against major pairs after the release of the U.S. nonfarm payrolls (NFP) report for February and news of a potential meet up between North Korea and American leaders. The NFP was a mixed bag with a monster 313,000 jobs gain but underperforming wage growth at 0.1%.
The U.S. dollar was set to end the week on a positive note after Fed Chair Jerome Powell testified twice and other Fed speakers signaled a hawkish view on the economy. The U.S. dollar had appreciated on a weekly basis up until Thursday when President Donald Trump announced a 25% tariff on steel and 10% on aluminum imports.
The U.S. dollar appreciated during the week against major pairs. The currency got a boost from the release of the minutes from the January Federal Open Market Committee meeting. The brief statement was slightly hawkish, but the full notes from the meeting revealed the U.S. central bank upgraded its economic projections from those made in December and expects the 2% inflation target to be met in the mid-term.
The U.S. dollar depreciated across the board versus major pairs despite consumer prices rising more than expected. Inflation anxiety had triggered a sell-off in global stock markets with the Fed expected to ramp up their interest rate hike path yet the dollar did not benefit as higher rates have already been priced in by the market.