Title: Euro back below parity vs dollar again, gas crisis weighs
Aug 22, 2022 04:31AM ET
The euro briefly fell back below parity against a robust dollar on Monday and was languishing at five-week lows, weighed down by concern that a three-day halt to European gas supplies later this month will exacerbate an energy crisis.
China's yuan dropped to its lowest in nearly two years after the central bank cut key lending rates.
The dollar index, which measures the greenback against a basket of peers, hit new five-week highs as Federal Reserve officials reiterated an aggressive monetary tightening stance ahead of the Fed's Jackson Hole symposium this week.
It was the euro that bore the brunt of the selling pressure against the dollar after Russia announced late on Friday a three-day halt to European gas supplies via the Nord Stream 1 pipeline at the end of this month.
The currency fell to as low as $0.99945, its lowest level since mid-July, and was last down 0.4% on the day.
It gained 2.33% last week - its best weekly rally since April 2020 - amid a chorus of Fed policymakers stressing that more needs to be done to rein in decades-high inflation.
The latest was Richmond Fed President Thomas Barkin on Friday, saying the "urge" among central bankers was towards faster, front-loaded rate increases.
Money markets currently indicate 46.5% odds for another supersized 75 basis point rate hike at the Fed's next meeting on Sept. 21
Economists in a Reuters poll lean toward a 50 basis-point increase with recession risks on the rise
Benchmark 10-year U.S. Treasury yields briefly rose above 3% on Monday for the first time since July 21.
As yields came off their highs, the dollar edged down against the yen and was a touch lower on the day at 136.81 . Earlier, the dollar reached its strongest levels against the yen since July 27.
Sterling, meanwhile, fell to a new five-week low of $1.17875
The dollar also rose as high as 6.8420 yuan in onshore trading for the first time since September, 2020 after the People's Bank of China cut the one and five-year loan prime rates, as widely expected. That came after it eased other key borrowing benchmarks in a surprise move last week.
Against the offshore yuan, the dollar hit 6.8621, also the strongest since September, 2020.