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Sep 27, 2013

World shares mixed after U.S. data

TOKYO (Reuters) – The dollar held firm in early Asian trade after U.S. jobless claims figures pointed to a improving labour market, reviving expectations of a reduction in U.S. monetary stimulus.

Lack of progress in budget and debt negotiations in Washington could also undermine investor risk appetite, capping gains in global shares.

Sep 27, 2013

Dollar firm, Asian shares mixed after U.S. data

TOKYO (Reuters) – The dollar held firm in early Asian trade after U.S. jobless claims figures pointed to a improving labor market, reviving expectations of a reduction in U.S. monetary stimulus.

Lack of progress in budget and debt negotiations in Washington could also undermine investor risk appetite, capping gains in global shares.

Sep 27, 2013

Dollar firm, shares mixed after U.S. data

TOKYO, Sept 27 (Reuters) – The dollar held firm in early
Asian trade after U.S. jobless claims figures pointed to a
improving labour market, reviving expectations of a reduction in
U.S. monetary stimulus.

Lack of progress in budget and debt negotiations in
Washington could also undermine investor risk appetite, capping
gains in global shares.

Sep 25, 2013

Euro struggles after data disappoints, yen holds firm

TOKYO/SINGAPORE, Sept 25 (Reuters) – The euro was on the
defensive on Wednesday following weaker-than-expected German
sentiment data, while worries over a possible U.S. government
shutdown underpinned the yen against the dollar.

Traders, wrong-footed by last week’s shock decision by the
U.S. Federal Reserve to keep its bond-buying stimulus intact,
also remained cautious and on data-watch mode as they considered
for how long the U.S. central bank could hold off from tapering.

Sep 25, 2013

Euro struggles after data disappoints, yen supported

TOKYO (Reuters) – The euro was on the defensive on Wednesday following weaker-than-expected German sentiment data, while worries over a possible U.S. government shutdown underpinned the yen against the dollar.

Traders, wrong-footed by last week’s shock decision by the U.S. Federal Reserve to keep its bond-buying stimulus intact, also remain cautious and on data-watch mode as they consider for how long the U.S. central bank could hold off from tapering.

Sep 24, 2013

Dovish central banks keep euro and dollar pinned down

SYDNEY/TOKYO (Reuters) – The euro nursed modest losses on Tuesday after the European Central Bank said it stood ready to do more to keep market rates down, while dovish comments from an influential Federal Reserve official kept the dollar on a leash.

Traders were also wary about U.S. fiscal policy amid a political showdown in Washington that could see the government shut down, or at the very extreme, default on its debt.

Sep 20, 2013

Asian shares pause after Fed-inspired rally

TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian shares paused on Friday as investors sat back to ponder the U.S. Federal Reserve’s policy outlook, a day after the world’s most powerful central bank triggered a global rally in riskier asset markets with an unexpected decision to maintain its stimulus program.

The dollar drifted off a seven-month low against a basket of major currencies and U.S. Treasury yields rose after a string of upbeat U.S. data provided a reminder to markets that the Fed is not far off from the day when it starts to cut stimulus.

Sep 18, 2013

Don’t expect yen carry-trade surge after Fed tapering: analysts

TOKYO (Reuters) – As the U.S. Federal Reserve looks set to begin whittling away at its stimulus in a first step towards eventual rate increases, the yen could see renewed interest as a funding currency for investments in higher-yielding currencies.

But any pressure on the yen from so-called carry trades is likely to be moderate compared with in the mid-2000s, when the Japanese currency weakened persistently on such trading, because current yield gaps between the yen and other major currencies remain too small, analysts say.

Sep 17, 2013

Dollar holds near 4-week low as Fed stimulus decision looms

SINGAPORE/TOKYO, Sept 17 (Reuters) – The dollar wallowed
near a four-week low on Tuesday as traders waited with bated
breath for the outcome of the Federal Reserve’s two-day policy
meeting at which it’s expected to announce a modest reduction in
its bond-buying stimulus.

The dollar was little changed versus a basket of currencies
at 81.312, after having set a four-week low of 80.968 the
previous day.

Sep 17, 2013

Dollar near 4-week low after Summers drops out of Fed race

TOKYO (Reuters) – The dollar stayed near a four-week low on Tuesday after Lawrence Summers’ withdrawal from the race to lead the Federal Reserve reduced expectations of a faster pace of monetary policy tightening by the U.S. central bank.

The decision by the former U.S. Treasury secretary – who is regarded by investors as relatively hawkish – left Federal Reserve Vice Chair Janet Yellen as the front-runner. Traders said the Fed is likely to continue a slow, cautious approach to tightening policy if Yellen is named to replace current Chairman Ben Bernanke.