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DJ U.S. Dollar Weakens on Jobs Report, Fiscal Stimulus

· 02/05/2021 12:11

By Julia-Ambra Verlaine

The dollar is losing some momentum, dropping as a weaker-than-expected jobs report (https://www.wsj.com/articles/january-jobs-report-unemployment-rate-2021-11612475063) lessens the case that the U.S. will economically outperform other countries in a post-coronavirus rebound. The euro and japanese yen recouped previous losses against the dollar Friday.

Dollar skeptics cite large U.S. deficits and increased government spending on the heels of the $1.9 trillion stimulus package announced this morning (https://www.wsj.com/articles/biden-meets-with-house-democrats-as-covid-19-aid-plan-advances-11612542026). Analysts say the sustainability of such a spending plan depends on the Federal Reserve containing rates to keep borrowing costs low, a negative for the dollar.

"Over the medium term, we do not see U.S. assets as attractive enough -- or rest-of-the-world assets as unattractive enough -- to make this financing easy," said Steve Englander, head of currency strategy and North America macro strategy at Standard Chartered.

The WSJ Dollar Index, which measures the dollar against 16 foreign currencies, is down 0.44% Friday at 85.83.

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