USA dollar climbs on positive inflation data

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What they arey saying?: "With the bulk of today's data coming in largely in line with expectations, there isn't much scope for a market reaction", said CIBC economist Katherine Judge. The pair was unable to hold its multi-week-highs of 1.2896 however.

The U.S. dollar index rose as high as 92.18 on Tuesday, its strongest since January 11, awaiting the Federal Reserve's policy decision and U.S. employment data due later in the week for fresh cues.

The so-called core PCE price index - the Federal Reserve's preferred measure of inflation - rose 0.2 month-on-month in March after a similar gain in February.

Investors are increasingly expecting that the Federal Reserve will ramp up its plans for 2018 interest rate hikes, due to strengthening domestic inflation and generally solid U.S. ecostats.

Bond markets are expecting roughly three rate hikes until the end of the year.

Other US economic indicators continue to look up too. Yields on 10-year TIPS (Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities) re-acted the same, down to 0.7762% from 0.7829%.

"The 10-year yield could be able to build a more permanent foothold above 3 percent depending on Friday's U.S.jobs report".

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The figure almost matched the Fed's 2 per cent target.

It now forecasts another two rate rises this year, although an increasing number of policymakers see three as possible.

The U.S. dollar surged on Tuesday into positive territory for 2018 and broke past key levels against several currencies as a divergence between growth and the interest rate outlook versus other countries spurred investors to chase the currency higher. Hopes that North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) renegotiations will go smoothly have boosted risk-sentiment too.

"The key USA dollar driver has been the divergence between economic data in the US and the rest of the world, and US data continues to look comparatively robust" Morgan Stanley said. The FOMC probably won't raise rates and its post-meeting statement is likely to write off first quarter GDP weakness as transitory.

The Fed's next policy meeting is this week. Core inflation has now reached the median of Fed officials' projections from their March 20-21 meeting, which saw core inflation at 1.9% by the fourth quarter.

The uptick in inflation won't knock policymakers off their path of gradual increases in interest rates, although it will eventually prompt them to pencil in four hikes for this year instead of the three now forecast, said Peter Hooper, chief economist for Deutsche Bank Securities in NY. The outlook will strengthen even further if Friday's United States job data impresses.

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