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Dollar At Multi-day Low Vs Franc After Disappointing U.S. Retail Sales Data

04/01/2019 - 09:53:00 (RTTNews)

(RTTNews) - The U.S. dollar declined to a multi-day low against the Swiss franc in the European session on Monday, following a data showing a modest decrease in U.S. retail sales for February.

Data from the Commerce Department showed that retail sales dipped by 0.2 percent in February after climbing by an upwardly revised 0.7 percent in January.

Economists had expected sales to rise by 0.3 percent compared to the 0.2 percent uptick originally reported for the previous month.

Excluding a rebound in sales by motor vehicle and parts dealers, retail sales fell by 0.4 percent in February after jumping by a revised 1.4 percent in January.

Ex-auto sales had been expected to climb by 0.4 percent compared to the 0.9 percent increase originally reported for the previous month.

Investors awaited high-level trade talks between the world's two largest economies after Washington remarked that the negotiations were "candid and constructive."

Beijing announced that it would continue to suspend additional tariffs on U.S. vehicles and auto parts after April 1 as a gesture after Washington delayed tariff hikes on Chinese imports.

The greenback showed mixed trading against its major counterparts in the Asian session. While it fell against the euro and the pound, it held steady against the franc. Against the yen, it rose.

The greenback that closed Friday's trading at 0.9951 against the franc fell to a 5-day low of 0.9931. Continuation of the greenback's downtrend may take it to a support around the 0.98 mark.

Data from the Federal Statistical Office showed that Switzerland's retail sales fell for the fourth consecutive month in February.

Retail sales fell a calendar-adjusted 0.2 percent year-on-year in February, same as in January. In December, retail sales declined 0.5 percent.

The greenback edged down to 110.81 against the yen, from an early near a 2-week high of 111.19. The greenback is seen challenging support around the 108.00 region.

The U.S. currency remained lower at 1.3113 against the pound, down from last week's closing value of 1.3034. On the downside, 1.33 is likely seen as the next support for the greenback.

Survey data from IHS Markit showed that UK manufacturing sector grew at the fastest pace in over a year in March, as stockpiling by businesses hit a record as they braced for Brexit disruptions.

The CIPS purchasing managers' index, or PMI, for the manufacturing sector climbed to a 13-month high of 55.1 from 52.1 in February. Economists had forecast a score of 51.2.

The greenback fell back to 1.1247 against the euro, not far from a 4-day low of 1.1250 touched at 4:30 am ET. Next key support for the greenback is likely seen around the 1.14 region.

Preliminary data from the statistical office Eurostat showed that Eurozone inflation slowed in March, defying expectations for stability, while the unemployment rate remained unchanged in February.

Headline inflation slowed to 1.4 percent from 1.5 percent in February. Economists had expected the inflation rate to remain unchanged.

The greenback retreated to 0.6836 against the kiwi, a pip short of a 5-day low of 0.6837 seen at 1:45 am ET. If the greenback declines further, 0.70 is likely seen as its next support level.

The greenback pulled back to 0.7129 against the aussie, just few pips short of a 5-day low of 0.7132 hit at 3:30 am ET. The greenback is poised to find support around the 0.73 region.

The greenback slipped to 1.3337 against the loonie, its lowest since March 21. This follows a high of 1.3370 set at 8:30 am ET. The greenback is likely to challenge support around the 1.31 level.

The U.S. ISM manufacturing index for March, construction spending for February and business inventories for January are scheduled for release shortly.

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