Dollar Ticks Higher and US Stock Futures Secure Gains


The dollar index, which measures the greenback against a basket of major currencies, edged slightly higher to 92.43 ahead of a busy week. Powell's announcement in Jackson Hole that the Federal Reserve will adopt an average inflation target, signaling that interest rates could remain at their current low levels for an extended period, weighed on the US dollar. Market participants are looking forward to a series of economic releases this week, among them, the US jobs report to grasp further insight into the recovery of the economic activity. The EURUSD eased to 1.1892, and the GBPUSD declined to $1.3302.


Major US stock index futures extended their upside rally, coming to record the best Wall Street performance in more than 30 years. The S&P500 and Nasdaq posted several all-time highs this month, ensuring the sentiment recovery from the Covid19 impact, while the Dow Jones is slightly short from hitting a record high. The Federal Reserve ultra-loose monetary policy helped in restoring confidence and driving stock benchmarks to new highs. Powell's speech in Jackson Hole symposium aided the rally. On another note, the Dow Jones is kicking off the week with three new members: Salesforce, Amgen, and Honeywell, which will replace Exxon Mobil, Pfizer, and Raytheon. Moreover, Apple's 4:1 split is taking place today. The Dow Jones Industrial Average futures rose to 28782, the S&P500 futures rallied to another record of 3523, and the tech-heavy Nasdaq advanced to 12090.


Precious metals prices were mixed during the early trading hours of the week as the dollar managed to recover. The price of a gold ounce dipped to $1954, the price of a silver ounce hovered around $27.75, and palladium futures inched higher to $2201.


Oil prices advanced, supported by the generally positive sentiment about the economic recovery and the measures to be taken to secure it. The West Texas Intermediate Crude October delivery rose to $43.40 and Brent blend November delivery ascended to $46.45.

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