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Asia Stocks Rise, Dollar Clobbered as US Data Points to Accommodative Fed – New York Times

Australian shares were 0.1 percent lower, while South Korea’s KOSPI jumped 0.5 percent.

Wall Street closed higher On Friday, after data showed consumer prices were unchanged in June and retail sales fell for a second straight month, pointing to tame inflation and subdued expectations of strong economic growth in the second quarter.

The chances of a rate hike in December fell to 43.1 percent after the data came out from 55 percent late Thursday, according to the CME Group’s Fedwatch tool.

The dollar index, which tracks the greenback against a basket of trade-weighted peers, hit a 10-month low early on Monday. It was trading at 95.102, marginally lower than its close on Friday, when it lost 0.6 percent.

“Friday’s U.S. data led to more  USD selling,” Stephen Innes, senior trader at OANDA, wrote in a note.

“With less than a 50 percent December rate hike probability priced in, and with no supportive Fed speak on the calendar before July 26th, the dollar could struggle.”

U.S. 10-year Treasury yields <US10YT=RR>, however, which fell to as low as 2.279, recovered to end at 2.3319 percent on Friday.

The dollar was also steady at 112.45 yen <JPY=> early on Monday, after closing down 0.7 percent on Friday.

The Bank of Japan is expected to keep its monetary policy settings unchanged when it meets on Wednesday and Thursday.

The weakness in the dollar saw other currencies soar, with the Australian dollar <AUD=D3> hitting its highest level in over two years and the Canadian dollar <CAD=> touching a one-year high early on Monday.

The Aussie was trading little changed from its Friday close at $0.7824, following a 1.3 percent surge, and the loonie was flat at $1.2642, retaining Friday’s 0.6 percent jump.

The euro <EUR=EBS> was also steady at $1.1474, close to its highest in a year hit last week, after gaining 0.6 percent on Friday.

In commodities, oil inched higher, extending last week’s gains on signs of lower U.S. inventories and higher Chinese demand.

U.S. crude <CLc1> rose 0.1 percent to $46.61 a barrel in early trade.

Global benchmark Brent <LCOc1> added 0.15 percent to $49.

The dollar’s loss was gold’s gain, with the precious metal rising on Friday. Spot gold <XAU=> was 0.2 percent higher at $1,230.70 an ounce.

(Reporting by Nichola Saminather; Editing by Eric Meijer)

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