- The US dollar index declined again as traders reflected on the upbeat data from Europe and the US.
- The ISM non-manufacturing PMI rose to 57.1 while the services PMI figure rose to 47.9 as the country reopened.
- The biggest risk is that the number of coronavirus infections in the US is rising.
The US dollar index (DXY) is down by more than 0.45% as traders digest several news from around the world. The index is trading at $96.75 even as US stocks jump. The Dow Jones is up by more than 345 points while the Nasdaq is up by more than 170 points.
The dollar is probably falling because of the upbeat numbers from Europe. Earlier today, data from the UK showed that construction PMI and auto sales bounced back in June. Another data showed that retail sales in the Eurozone rose by 17% in June.
US non-manufacturing sector rebounds
Business activity bounced back in June as the country continued to reopen. As we reported on Thursday, the US created more than 4.8 million jobs in June while the manufacturing PMI expanded for the first time in months.
Today, data from Markit and the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) showed that business activity continued to do well. According to ISM, non-manufacturing PMI rose to 57.1 in June from the previous 45.7. This number was better than the 50.1 that analysts polled by Reuters were expecting.
All the constituent indices of the PMI rose. Business activity rose from 41.0% to 66.0% while employment rose from 31.8% to 43.1%. The supplier deliveries index rose to 57.5% while new orders rose to 61.6%.
The best-performing industry in June was agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting followed by wholesale trade and real estate. On the other hand, the only sectors that reported a decrease were mining, other services, and management of companies and support services. In a statement to ISM, a company in the finance and insurance sector said:
“We continue to all work from home globally. Strict restriction on travel and external events. Senior management focusing on a plan for returning to the office.”
Services activity rebounds
The US dollar index also reacted to the upbeat services PMI numbers released by Markit. The numbers showed that the services PMI rose from the previous 37.5 to 47.9. While this was an improvement, it means that the services sector is still in the contraction territory.
The report showed that new business inflows expanded in June while new export orders for services expanded at the sharpest rate in almost 12 months. Also, there was some inflation pressure for the first time since February. As a result, organisations passed the costs to customers through higher prices. Business confidence also turned positive.
In a statement, Chris Williamson of Markit said:
“With business confidence in the outlook picking up again in June, a return to growth for the economy in the third quarter looks likely, though this will very much depend on the extent to which demand continues to strengthen.”
Still, the challenge for the US economy is that the number of new coronavirus cases is rising. This has led to states like Florida and Texas to reverse their reopening plans. This has prompted analysts at Goldman Sachs to revise their economic outlook. In a statement yesterday, the bank said that it expects the growth to start slowing down. The bank said:
“The healthy rebound in consumer-services spending seen since mid-April now appears likely to stall in July and August as authorities impose further restrictions to contain virus spread.”
US dollar index technical outlook
The US dollar index is trading at $96.80, which is below last week’s high of $97.80. On the daily chart, the price is below the 50-day and 100-day exponential moving average. Also, the price has moved below the lower line of the bearish pennant pattern that is shown in black. Therefore, the index is likely to continue falling as bears attempt to move to the next support at $96.38.