U.S. and European equity futures rose Friday along with most Asian stocks amid optimism that the pandemic recovery can weather elevated inflation and tightening monetary policy.
The dollar eased back from near an almost 16-month high versus major peers on Monday, as traders awaited fresh clues on the U.S. economy after bringing forward bets last week for a Federal Reserve interest rate hike on the back of red-hot inflation.
The dollar index, which measures the currency against six peers, eased 0.13% to 95.012 from Friday, when it posted its biggest weekly gain since mid-August and touched 95.266 for the first time since July 2020.
Stocks rose along with U.S. equity futures Friday, bringing some relief for shares from the inflation fears still roiling Treasuries.
MSCI Inc.’s Asia-Pacific gauge posted its biggest rise this week, helped by Japan’s bourse and China’s technology stocks. The view that the worst of Beijing’s regulatory blitz has passed salved sentiment. U.S. and European contracts climbed after the S&P 500 snapped a two-day fall.
The dollar trod water against major peers on Wednesday after weakening in the past three days, and traded near a one-month low to the yen, with investors awaiting U.S. inflation data for a clue to when the Federal Reserve might raise interest rates. The safe-haven yen also benefited from global stocks retreating from a record peak as rising oil prices stoked inflation worries.