The dollar retreated on Tuesday morning in Asia, giving up it gains from the last session as investors balance positive trade data with increasing COVID-19 figures.
China reported a higher-than-expected manufacturing Purchasing Manager’s Index of 50.9 earlier in the day. Meanwhile, COVID-19 continues its rampage, with over 10.2 million cases as of June 30 according to Johns Hopkins University data.
U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell warned on Monday that the outlook for the U.S. economy is “extraordinarily uncertain” and is dependent on the virus being contained and government measures to support recovery. Some U.S. states have reported a recent surge of cases as they prepared to re-open and restart their economies.
Cirque de Soleil filed for bankruptcy protection on Monday after COVID-19 forced the group to cancel shows and lay off employees.
The U.S. Dollar Index that tracks the greenback against a basket of other currencies slipped 0.05% to 97.448 by 12:09.
The USD/JPY pair was up 0.15% to 107.72.
The AUD/USD pair gained 0.31% to 0.6885 and the NZD/USD pair gained 0.12% to 0.6427.
The USD/CNY pair fell 0.17% to 7.0671. China’s National People’s Congress Standing Committee passed national security laws for Hong Kong and Macau earlier in the day.
The GBP/USD pair gained 0.08% to 1.2306, with the GBP boosted by Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s pledge on Monday to take a “Rooseveltian approach to the U.K.” and increase spending. But doubts remain on how the British government will pay for the approach, as well as on whether a trade pact between the U.K. and the European Union will be signed.