FX Update: The main dollar pairings have eked out narrow ranges
FX Update: The main dollar pairings have eked out narrow ranges so far today. EUR-USD has remained in a narrow orbit of 1.1200, while the yen's recent spell of underperformance, which has been in play since mid last week following the BoJ's announcement of a new monetary policy framework, has come to a pause today. USD-JPY and EUR-JPY have so far remained under their respective one-month highs seen yesterday at 103.67 and 116.25. The Australian dollar has traded softer despite a narrower than expected Australian trade deficit in August, driven by firmer exports and flat imports, which, following strong figures on retail sales and building approvals earlier in the week, has added to signs that Q3 GDP will be better than previously thought. Higher commodity prices are also pointing to further declines in the deficit in the months September and October. Market focus has squared on tomorrow's U.S. jobs report release, however, as it carries make or break potential for prospects of a Fed rate hike before year-end. Following yesterday's U.S. data releases, Fed funds futures were showing a probability for a December hike of just over 60%.