FX Update: The dollar majors have posted narrow ranges
FX Update: The dollar majors have posted narrow ranges so far today as many market participants sit on their hands into the Congressional testimony of the new Fed chairman, Powell. USD-JPY has held a narrow range, logging a high of 107.10 before settling in the upper 106.00s, holding comfortably within yesterday's range. EUR-USD lifted to an intraday peak of 1.2342 before settling around 1.2330, leaving yesterday's high at 1.2355 unchallenged. Regarding Powell, most Fed watchers, including ourselves, expect he will signal a gradualist approach to tightening, maintaining continuity in approach from his predecessor, Yellen. This expectation was cited in equity market summaries yesterday as justifying the strong close on Wall Street, though U.S. equity index futures have come off the boil in overnight trading, and stocks have been mixed in Asia, where Japan's Nikkei 225 closed with a 1% gain but Chinese and some other markets have posted losses. The New Zealand dollar came under pressure after NZ trade data showed an unexpected deficit in January of NZ$ 566 M. NZD-USD logged a two-session low of 0.7273.