Here is what you need to know on Monday, May 1:
Financial markets stay relatively quiet to start the new week after month-end flows ramped up volatility ahead of the weekend. Nevertheless, the US Dollar manages to stay resilient against its rivals early Monday with the US Dollar Index extending its recovery toward 102.00. The trading is action is likely to remain subdued during the first half of the day due to Labor Day holiday. In the American session, the ISM Manufacturing PMI survey for April will be watched closely by investors.
On Friday, the data from the US showed that the Core Personal Consumption Expenditures (PCE) Price Index, the Fed’s preferred gauge of inflation, edged lower to 4.6% on a yearly basis in March from 4.7% in April. Moreover, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the Employment Cost Index, compensation costs for civilian workers, increased by 1.2% in the first quarter, compared to 1% increase recorded in the previous quarter.
Over the weekend, roughly a dozen banks, including PNC Financial Services Group, JPMorgan Chase & Co and Citizens Financial Group Inc, have reportedly submitted bids for first Republic Bank as US regulators are trying to finalize the sale. US stock index futures trade modestly higher on the day following this development and the benchmark 10-year US Treasury bond yield stays below 3.5% despite having retraced a small portion of Friday’s decline.
EUR/USD stays under modest bearish pressure and trades near 1.1000 in the European morning on Monday.
GBP/USD reached its highest level since June 2022 at 1.2585 on Friday but struggled to preserve its bullish momentum at the beginning of the week. The pair was last seen trading in negative territory below 1.2550.
Following Friday’s impressive rally that was fueled by the Bank of Japan’s dovish language, USD/JPY continues to push higher early Monday and was last seen trading at its highest level since early March at 136.80.
AUD/USD has gained traction and advanced toward 0.6650 early Monday. In the Asian trading hours on Tuesday, the Reserve Bank of Australia will announce its policy decision.
Gold price came under renewed selling pressure on Monday and declined to $1,980 area, pressured by recovering US T-bond yields.
Following a quiet weekend, Bitcoin turned south early Monday and was last seen losing more than 2% on the day at around $28,650. After having failed to reclaim $1,900, Ethereum lost its traction and lost more than 1% on Sunday. ETH/USD continues to edge lower toward $1,800 on Monday.