Forex – Dollar Unchanged; Aussie Dollar Slips on China Trade Data

© Reuters. The U.S. dollar remained unchanged, while the Aussie dollar slipped on Friday© Reuters. The U.S. dollar remained unchanged, while the Aussie dollar slipped on Friday – The U.S. dollar remained unchanged, while the Aussie dollar slipped on Friday after data showed China’s trade surplus with the U.S. hit a record high in September.

The that tracks the greenback against a basket of other currencies was unchanged at 94.69 by 12:45 AM ET (04:45 GMT).

The U.S. dollar traded near its lowest level in nearly two weeks against its major peers as falling U.S. treasury yields and further losses on Wall Street weighed on sentiment.

The fell more than 2% for a second straight day and is now in its longest slide since 2016. The dropped more than 500 points, and the closed down 1.3%.

Meanwhile, the pair slipped 0.06% at 0.7121 after data revealed China’s rose to CNY 213.23 billion in September, compared with markets’ estimates of CNY 136.2 billion.

While not a directional driver, the data also showed China’s unwrought copper imports rose to 521,000 tonnes in September. Meanwhile, iron ore imports increased 4.2% to a four-month high of 93.08 million tonnes in September. Rise in the Chinese imports of these commodities is good news for the Aussie dollar as they are Australia’s top exports.

The yuan traded slightly higher following the release of the data, as the pair gained 0.2% to 6.9031. The People’s Bank of China (PBOC) set the yuan reference rate at 6.9120 on Friday vs the previous day’s fix of 6.9098.

Elsewhere, the pair last traded at 112.35, up 0.2%.

The pair dipped 0.3% to 1.3753 after Singapore’s central bank tightened monetary policy for the second time this year on Friday.

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