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- The DXY[1] Index touched its highest level since January 12 earlier today, briefly eclipsing the 2017 low. - Fed rate hike odds have followed US Treasury yields higher, with three more rate hikes now being priced in for 2018. - Sentiment for the US Dollar[2] remains mixed following a volatile few days. For longer-term technical and fundamental analysis, and to view DailyFX analysts’ top trading ideas for 2018, check out the DailyFX Trading Guides[3] page. The US Dollar (via the DXY Index) has taken a significant step forward in its effort to shake off the downtrend over the past six months. Yesterday produced the first close above the descending trendline from the November and December 2017 highs, and in the process, may have ignited the early stages of an inverted head & shoulders neckline break.The major catalyst behind the move higher is undoubtedly the sharp topside move in US Treasury yields over the past week. With the DXY Index eying its sixth consecutive day of gains, the US Treasury 10-year yield continues to flirt with a break above the psychologically significant 3.000% level after bottoming out at 2.714% on the first trading day of April. Price Chart 1: DXY Index Daily Timeframe (September 2017 to April 2018) DXY Bottoming Effort Takes Step Forward as Three More Hikes Eyed in 2018The residual impact from the move higher in US Treasury yields has been a steeper Fed rate hike pricing curve, which is now tentatively pricing in three more hikes in 2018: June (92% implied probability); September (75%); and December (51%). As we last noted on April 12, rising Fed rate hike odds have been finally filtering through into a stronger US Dollar[4], and a continued

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