US dollar perks up, commodities skid

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Some US dollar bids have emerged early in North American trading, helped along by an uptick in Treasury yields.

I don’t see a clear catalyst for the dollar move but it’s boosted up USD/JPY to 149.20 from 148.95.

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Other dollar moves have been smaller so these could be yen flows.

In any case, the dollar rally has hit commodities particularly hard with gold now down $6 and oil quickly falling by more than $1 before a bounce.

The Fed’s Bowman speaks in a few minutes and it’s a good bet that she’s hawkish, though in early January she said that her hawkish stance had ‘evolved’ into a place where more rate hikes weren’t needed.