US Dollar under pressure, testing 97 handle as political turmoil continues

Following yesterday's technical correction, the US Dollar Index, which tracks the greenback against a basket of six trade-weighted peers, is staying under pressure on Wednesday, testing the 97 handle for the first time since Trump's election victory. As of writing, the index is trading at 98.02, losing 0.77% on the day.

A recent report by the Washington Post claimed that the law enforcement investigation into possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia identified a new person of interest, a current White House official, whose identity is not revealed but said to be very close to President Trump. After the report, U.S. Treasury bond yields gave back their daily earning and the equity indexes started to ease from their daily highs, suggesting another wave of risk aversion is impacting the markets.

On the other hand, the demand for the greenback was also damaged by the dovish comments from Fed's Bullard, who suggested that the Fed doesn't need to raise the rates aggressively. Although the odds of a June rate hike rose back above the 70% mark, the investors are hesitant to price the probability of more rate hikes. The CME Group FedWatch Tool shows that the chances of a rate hike in September or November are around 25%.

Technical outlook

The index might struggle to make a clean break below 97 (daily low) as the volume is thinning out towards the end of the week. Below that level, the next targets could be seen at 96.40 (Oct. 7 low) and 96 (psychological level). On the upside, the initial hurdle aligns at 97.75 (daily high) ahead of 98 (May 18 high/psychological level) and 98.75 (May 16 high).

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