Investors await Powell’s speech

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    TOKYO- The dollar nursed losses against most currencies on Wednesday as traders braced for US data expected to show a slowdown in durable goods orders and a key speech by Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell.

    The yuan rose toward a seven-month high after US and Chinese trade officials reaffirmed their commitment to a Phase 1 trade deal, which eased concerns about a diplomatic standoff between the world’s two-largest economies.

    The greenback took a hit after data on Tuesday showed US consumer confidence tumbled to the lowest in more than six years due to concern about the coronavirus-induced job losses.

    Traders will look to Powell’s speech on Thursday at the annual Jackson Hole retreat to determine what steps the Fed is willing to take to safeguard a fragile economic recovery.

    “I expect Powell to use forward guidance to send a dovish message that rates will remain low for a long time, which feeds into dollar weakness,” said Minori Uchida, head of global market research at MUFG Bank in Tokyo.

    “You could say we are in a long-term correction of excessive dollar strength.” – Reuters