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Apr 9, 2015

Fed officials say June rate hike still in play, hinges on data

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Federal Reserve could still hike interest rates in June despite weak recent U.S. data and investor skepticism, two influential officials with the central bank said on Wednesday, putting the spotlight squarely on the economy’s performance in the next two months.

Disappointing U.S. jobs growth, manufacturing activity, and retail sales over the winter had pushed market expectations for a rate hike to later in the year. June has long been seen as the earliest the Fed could tighten policy, after more than six years of near-zero rates.

Apr 8, 2015

June rate hike still in play as Fed officials eye data

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Two influential Federal Reserve officials said they could still hike U.S. interest rates in June despite weak recent economic data and skepticism among investors, putting the spotlight squarely on the economy’s performance over the next two months.

Disappointing U.S. jobs growth, manufacturing activity, and retail sales over the winter had pushed market expectations for a rate hike to later in the year. June has long been seen as the earliest the Fed could tighten policy, after more than six years of near zero rates.

Apr 7, 2015

U.S. dollar rises, sentiment favors interest rate outlook

NEW YORK, April 7 (Reuters) – The U.S. dollar recovered lost
ground on Tuesday as trading desks returned to full strength
after the Easter weekend and underlying trends for its continued
rise reappeared, although it remains hemmed in to tight ranges
by mixed economic data.

A surprising move by the Reserve Bank of Australia not to
cut interest rates boosted the Aussie dollar, bucking the
prevailing greenback rally.

Apr 7, 2015

U.S. dollar recovers; Aussie up after rates held unchanged

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The U.S. dollar recovered lost ground on Tuesday as trading desks returned to full strength and underlying trends for its continued rise reappeared, although it remains hemmed in to tight ranges by mixed economic data.

A surprising move by the Reserve Bank of Australia not to cut interest rates boosted the Aussie dollar, bucking the prevailing greenback rally.

Apr 6, 2015

Dollar turns higher in late trade, thin conditions

NEW YORK, April 6 (Reuters) – The U.S. dollar spiked higher
against the euro on Monday, erasing early losses in what traders
and strategists said is a result of thin holiday trading
conditions.

A dismal U.S. jobs report on Friday had cast a pall over the
greenback in the last two trading sessions, both of which
excluded much of Europe and Latin America markets due to the
Easter holiday.

Apr 6, 2015

Dollar dips in Easter holiday trade, jobs data overhang

NEW YORK, April 6 (Reuters) – The dollar cut early losses on
Monday but continued to feel the carry-over effects of a
disappointing U.S. jobs report from Friday that throws into
question the timing for a U.S. interest rate increase.

Expectations the U.S. Federal Reserve will raise interest
rates sometime later this year has fuelled the dollar’s rally
since mid-2014. Higher U.S. interest rates will put
dollar-denominated assets at a yield advantage versus other
currencies such as the euro and yen where interest rates are
being kept low.

Apr 6, 2015

Dollar drop tied to dismal jobs data, Easter holiday trade

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The dollar weakened further on Monday as it continues to feel the carry-over effects of a disappointing U.S. jobs report from Friday that throws into question the timing for U.S. interest rate increase.

Expectations the U.S. Federal Reserve will raise interest rates sometime later this year has fueled the dollar’s rally since mid-2014. Higher U.S. interest rates will put dollar-denominated assets at a yield advantage versus other currencies such as the euro and yen where interest rates are being kept low.

Apr 3, 2015

Big miss on U.S. jobs data drives dollar down

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The dollar tumbled on Friday after a significantly weaker-than-expected U.S. jobs report that will increase speculation over whether the U.S. Federal Reserve holds off tightening monetary policy for longer than expected.

U.S. employers added the fewest jobs in more than a year in March amid signs the economy has been hurt by the dollar’s climb to multi-year highs.

Apr 2, 2015

Dollar mixed, euro rises before U.S. jobs report, holiday

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The dollar turned mixed on Thursday, finding spotty support from solid U.S. data that suggested the U.S. labor market continues to strengthen despite signs of an economic slowdown in the first quarter.

A rally for the euro against the dollar and yen was seen being dictated by investors taking profits on recent greenback strength heading into the long Easter holiday weekend that will be punctuated by the important March U.S. employment report on Friday.

Mar 31, 2015

U.S. dollar increases share of central bank FX reserves -IMF

NEW YORK, March 31 (Reuters) – The U.S. dollar increased its
share of allocated international reserves to 62.9 percent among
global central banks in the fourth quarter, data from the
International Monetary Fund showed on Tuesday.

The total amount of allocated foreign exchange holdings
shrank by 1.6 percent to $6.085 trillion from the prior quarter.
Overall foreign exchange holdings by the world’s central banks
slipped 1.41 percent to $11.6 trillion.

    • About Daniel

      "Deputy U.S. Public Finance Editor. Responsible for editing and reporting on U.S. municipalities, their debt, investments and budgets. Special focus on U.S. infrastructure spending and mutual fund analysis. Previously Senior Correspondent covering global financial markets, investing and foreign policy. I'm New York-based with 20+ years of experience in text, TV and radio. I've reported and taught journalism in Asia, Europe, Latin America and the United States."
      Joined Reuters:
      1997
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