USD/INR Price News: Indian Rupee grinds near 82.60 amid China-inspired optimism, US Dollar’s retreat

USD/INR Price News: Indian Rupee grinds near 82.60 amid China-inspired optimism, US Dollar’s retreat
  • USD/INR snaps two-day losing streak amid sluggish Asian session.
  • China’s Xi advocates opening of services industry, appoints special cell to promote private economy.
  • US-China tension, US Labor Day Holiday prods market sentiment and Indian Rupee moves.

USD/INR bears relinquish controls after ruling in the last two consecutive days, despite lacking momentum around 82.65–70 amid early Monday. In doing so, the Indian Rupee (INR) pair takes clues from the Asian market optimism, mainly driven by China, as well as the US Dollar’s retreat amid the US Labor Day holiday.

Markets in Asia cheer China’s readiness for multiple measures to defend the world’s second-largest economy. Among the latest actions, the government’s establishment of a special cell to promote the private economy and opening up barriers for the services industry gained major attention.

In the last week, China’s central bank, namely the People’s Bank of China (PBoC), announced a heavy cut to its foreign exchange reserve requirement ratio (FX RRR) to 4% from 6.0% effective from September 15.

That said, a slew of China banks cut interest rates on Yuan deposits to ease the pressure from lower mortgage rates announced previously. Among them, ICBC, China Industrial Bank, Agricultural Bank of China and Bank of China (BoC) gained major attention. Additionally, Reuters cited four people familiar with the matter to report that China is likely to step up action to revive the country’s property sector.

It’s worth noting, however, that the US-China tension, mainly due to the concerns that American businesses are less comfortable in Beijing, as well as US President Joe Biden’s readiness to restore ties with Taiwan, prod the market’s optimism and the USD/INR losses. Furthermore, an absence of major market moves due to the US holiday and a light calendar in Asia also restricts the Indian Rupee (INR) pair’s latest moves.

Even so, India’s second quarter (Q2) Gross Domestic Product (GDP) offered a positive surprise the previous week by rising to 7.8% YoY from 6.1% previous readings and 7.7% market forecasts, which in turn weighs on the USD/INR price.

On the other hand, a downward revision to the Q2 US GDP growth and softer PMIs contrasted with the upbeat prints of inflation clues and mostly impressive employment statistics. With this, the US Dollar managed to close on the positive side for the seventh consecutive week despite marking the lowest weekly gain since early July.

US Nonfarm Payrolls (NFP) rose to 187K in August versus 170K expected and 157K prior (revised) even as the Unemployment Rate marked an uptick to 3.8% from 3.5% market forecasts and previous readings. Further, the Average Hourly Earnings also eased to 0.2% and 4.3% compared to 0.4% and 4.4% respective priors. Additionally, the US ISM Manufacturing PMI also impressed the US Dollar buyers with the 47.6 figures versus analysts’ estimation of 47.0 versus 46.4 previous readings. Following the data, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland President Loretta J. Mester advocated for hawkish monetary policy and allowed the Greenback to remain firmer the previous day.

Amid these plays, the US Dollar Index (DXY) snaps a two-day winning streak with mild losses to around 104.15 whereas the S&P 500 Futures print mild losses and stocks in the Asia-Pacific zone edge higher of late. It’s worth noting that the benchmark US 10-year Treasury bond yields dropped in the last two consecutive weeks after rising to the highest levels since 2007, to 4.18% at the latest.

Looking forward, a light calendar and the US holiday may allow the USD/INR bears to keep the reins. However, headlines about China and the US Federal Reserve, as well as the US ISM Services PMI, will be the key for clear directions.

Technical analysis

USD/INR remains pressured between the 21-day Simple Moving Average (SMA) and the 50-SMA, respectively around 82.90 and 82.50 by the press time.

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