Dollar soars, as traders wait on Fed, Jackson Hole

On Wednesday, the evergreen buck grew, moving off its recent minimums against the major Japanese currency overnight, as financial markets looked to a meeting of global major bankers in Jackson Hole, Wyoming for hints whether the Fed is braced for raising interest rates again or not.

Tuesday’s data revealed that in July, new American single-family home sales suddenly soared, reaching their highest value in almost nine years as demand surged broadly, brightening the housing market outlook.

At the end of the week, Fed Chair Janet Yellen is expected to address the key bankers gathered for the annual mountain retreat, which starts on Thursday.

Recent hawkish comments from Fed Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer as well as New York Fed President William Dudley have spurred some investors' hopes that Janet Yellen might take a less cautious tone.

The US dollar soared 0.1% to 100.30 yen having nudged below 100 yen overnight to 99.925.

The dollar index, traditionally estimating the evergreen buck’s strength against a basket of six key counterparts, grew 0.1%, being worth 94.593.

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