Thu, 20 Sep 2012 22:00:00 +0000

Dollar Benefits from Risk Aversion

The US dollar was able to take advantage of risk aversion in the marketplace following a series of disappointing indicators out of China and the euro-zone, which led to gains against several of its main currency rivals. The AUD/USD tumbled close to 100 pips during Asian trading, eventually reaching as low as 1.0366. Despite a slight upward correction later in the day, the pair was once again bearish by the evening session. Against the Swiss franc, the greenback gained more than 90 pips during the first half of the day, and by the end of the European session was trading at the 0.9350 level. Turning to today, traders will want to pay attention to announcements out of the euro-zone, particularly with regards to the current situation in Spain. It is widely expected that the Spanish government will soon request a bailout from the ECB. Any signs today that the request may come soon could lead to significant volatility before markets close for the weekend. If the situation in Spain turns out to be worse than originally thought, the dollar could extend its upward trend vs. its riskier currency rivals.