The U.S. dollar continues to slump as it sank to 10-month lows against the other major currencies on Tuesday, after an attempt to pass healthcare reform collapsed and amid a sell-off ignited by another setback to U.S. President Donald Trump’s agenda and doubts over prospects for another rate hike this year.
Greenback Sinks Against Major Currencies
The U.S. dollar index against a group of six major currencies was 0.64% lower at 94.31, the lowest trough since September 9, 2016.
The dollar was at almost three-week lows, weaker against the yen, with USD/JPY down 0.55% to 112.00, after falling as low as 111.99 overnight.
The euro rose to fresh 14-month highs against the dollar, with EUR/USD advancing 0.86% to 1.1577, after touching overnight highs of 1.1538.
Sterling was lower, with GBP/USD down 0.26% to 1.3022 after data showing that the annual rate of inflation in Britain fell for the first time since October last month.
Healthcare Issue and Rate Hike
The dollar came under renewed selling pressure after a second attempt by Republicans to replace Obamacare collapsed late Monday, bringing a major policy blow to the Trump administration.
Around half of the cuts in healthcare spending were reserved to finance proposed tax cuts. The failure to deliver healthcare reform added to disappointment over the lack of progress on Trump’s economic agenda.
The dollar was already on the defensive side after Friday’s weak U.S. inflation and retail sales data that added to doubts that the Fed will be able to raise interest rates again this year.
Elsewhere, the Australian dollar jumped to two-year highs, with AUD/USD, adding 1.59% to trade at 0.7926, after the minutes from the central bank’s last policy meeting showed it turning more positive on the economic outlook.
The New Zealand dollar was also higher, with NZD/USD rising 0.61% to 0.7364. The kiwi initially turned lower overnight before regaining ground after weak inflation data indicated that the country’s central bank will keep interest rates on hold for longer.
The Canadian dollar hit fresh 14-month highs, with USD/CAD last at 1.2624.
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