Mexican Peso rises vs USD for fourth day after NFP release

July 5, 2024 2:41 pm

  • The Mexican Peso continues rallying against the US Dollar and makes more muted gains against European counterparts. 
  • The Greenback is losing ground after a run of weak US economic data. 
  • On Friday the Nonfarm Payrolls report showed the Unemployment Rate unexpectedly rising to 4.1%, further weighing on USD.  
  • In Europe, political risk eases, taking pressure off the Euro and the Pound.

The Mexican Peso (MXN) continues drifting higher in its most traded pairs on Friday, with gains particularly marked against the US Dollar (USD), which has weakened after a run of poor US economic data. In Europe, the Peso’s gains are more muted due to reduced political risk as elections indicate moderates holding onto power despite the rise of the far-right. 

MXN gains a further boost after comments from the Deputy Governor of the Bank of Mexico (Banxico), Jonathan Heath, who said he was skeptical about interest rates falling in Mexico in the near term, comparing his stance to that of Federal Reserve (Fed) Chairman Jerome Powell

At the time of writing, one US Dollar (USD) buys 18.02 Mexican Pesos, EUR/MXN trades at 19.57, and GBP/MXN at 23.09.

Mexican Peso rises against USD 

The Mexican Peso is rising against the US Dollar for the fourth day in a row as traders digest the recent run of weak US economic data and its implications for interest rates going forward, a key driver of FX flows. 

The release of the US Nonfarm Payrolls (NFP) report on Friday further weakened the US Dollar after the Unemployment Rate showed a rise to 4.1% from 4.0% previously. Economists had not expected this and it indicates a cooling labor market that could make it even more likely the Fed will cut interest rates in order to stimulate hiring. 

Other data from the NFP report was not so negative: Headline Nonfarm Payrolls showed 206K new employees joined the workforce in June when only 190K had been expected from 272K previously.

Average Hourly Earnings, meanwhile, a metric that can influence inflationary pressures and the Fed’s policy on interest rates remained unchanged on a monhtly basis, showing 0.3% growth as expected. On a year-over-year basis wage inflation cooled to 3.9% from 4.1% previously as expected, according to data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.  

The data follows weak jobs data released earlier in the week that showed Initial Jobless Claims rising and Continuing Claims hitting 1.858 million in the week ending June 22, its highest since November 2021.

The hitherto buoyant services sector showed signs of contraction too on Wednesday, after ISM Services Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) data came out at 48.8, falling below the 50 level that separates growth from contraction and its lowest level since 2020. 

The upshot of it all is a weaker USD, as falling inflation expectations will make the Fed more inclined to cut interest rates, and lower interest rates are negative for the Dollar as they attract less foreign capital inflows. 

Mexican Peso’s gains muted versus European counterparts

The Mexican Peso is making fewer gains against the Euro (EUR) and the Pound Sterling (GBP) due to easing political risk. It now seems likely that the far-right French National Rally (RN) party will not get enough seats for a majority in the second round of French elections on Sunday, which, in turn, supports the Euro. 

Across the channel, meanwhile, the Pound Sterling (GBP) has been lifted slightly after the Labour Party’s landslide victory in Thursday’s general election. Some analysts have cited a more stable political climate, as well as stronger prospects for growth, as key drivers for expecting some post-election strengthening in GBP.   

Technical Analysis: USD/MXN continues sliding to key low

USD/MXN continues edging lower towards the key June 24 swing low at 17.87. It is possible the pair is entering a sideways trend, although it is still a little too early to be sure. 

USD/MXN 4-hour Chart 


There is a chance that once the June 24 low is achieved, the pair will begin to consolidate. If it begins a leg higher, it could be a sign that the pair is entering a sideways trend. Alternatively, a decisive break below 17.87 would likely suggest a new downtrend, with the next target lying at 17.50 (50-day Simple Moving Average).

A rally back above 18.59, however, would suggest a continuation up to 18.68 (June 14 high), followed by 19.00 (June 12 high). A break above 19.00 would provide strong confirmation of a resumption of the short-and-intermediate term uptrends.

The direction of the long-term trend remains in doubt. 

Economic Indicator

Unemployment Rate

The Unemployment Rate, released by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), is the percentage of the total civilian labor force that is not in paid employment but is actively seeking employment. The rate is usually higher in recessionary economies compared to economies that are growing. Generally, a decrease in the Unemployment Rate is seen as bullish for the US Dollar (USD), while an increase is seen as bearish. That said, the number by itself usually can’t determine the direction of the next market move, as this will also depend on the headline Nonfarm Payroll reading, and the other data in the BLS report.

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Last release: Fri Jul 05, 2024 12:30

Frequency: Monthly

Actual: 4.1%

Consensus: 4%

Previous: 4%


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