Forex news for North American trade on August 12, 2021:


  • Gold up $1 to $1752
  • US 10-year yields up 0.5 bps to 1.364%
  • WTI crude down 26-cents to $68.99
  • S&P 500 up 13 points to 4460
  • USD leads, NZD lags

The PPI report underscored just how important the inflation picture is to the market right now. It was on the high side and that helped to put a bid in the US dollar that never let up.

Despite a solid risk picture it was AUD, NZD and GBP lagging. GBP in particular was sold steadily throughout the session, falling to 1.3795 before posting a small late bounce. It had started European trading around 1.3865.

AUD and NZD both erased yesterday's CPI-inspired moves with selling accelerating after US trading began.

Curiously, CAD mostly held its ground despite some softness in oil and gas. Trudeau calling an election is no surprise but, if anything, it's a CAD-negative risk as an uncertainty discount is built up until the Sept 20 vote.

The heavyweight trio of EUR, USD and JPY didn't do much against one another. The US Treasury bond auction was on the soft side but didn't cause the same kind of ripples as the 10-year sale yesterday.

Forex news for North American trade on August 12, 2021: