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These include — within weeks — the Dutch and French elections and the first meeting of G20 finance leaders since US President Donald Trump took office.
FranceThe French election is likely to be particularly concerning, even if Draghi may be reluctant to admit it.
Even inflation, the ECB’s key objective, has rebounded, essentially hitting the bank’s target last month.
But at best the central bank may bump up some economic forecasts, particularly for inflation.
“However, the recently seen favourable economic development probably starts shifting the discussion towards slightly more hawkish comments in the coming meetings.”
Dollar edges up ahead of U.S. jobs data, ECB
The WSJ Dollar Index, a measure of the U.S. dollar against a basket of major currencies, was up 0.09% at 92.18.
The dollar was slightly higher against the yen and euro in rangebound Asian trade on Thursday, as investors await U.S. jobs data and the European Central Bank’s policy decision.
The U.S. currency remained steady during Asian trade following a strong hiring data from payroll processor Automatic Data Processing overnight, reinforcing the possibility of another solid reading from Friday’s U.S. jobs data.
Ahead of the European Central Bank’s policy setting meeting later today, the euro was changing hands at $1.0530, compared with $1.0542 late Wednesday.
Around 0500 GMT, the greenback was trading at Y114.51, higher than Y114.35 late Wednesday in New York.