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Dec 5, 2013

Yen firmer but still shaky; focus shifts to ECB meeting

SYDNEY/SINGAPORE, Dec 5 (Reuters) – The yen nudged away from
a five-year trough on the euro and a six-month low versus the
dollar on Thursday, but the moves lacked conviction as investors
held their bets ahead of key events, including crucial U.S. jobs

The dollar eased 0.1 percent to 102.25 yen, having
earlier this week risen as high as 103.38, while the euro
slipped 0.2 percent to 138.89, still not too far from
a five-year peak of 140.03 scaled on Tuesday.

Nov 22, 2013

Yen hits 4-month low vs dollar; Aussie under pressure

SINGAPORE, Nov 22 (Reuters) – The yen fell to a four-month
low versus the dollar on Friday, with the low-yielding Japanese
currency pressured by signs of improving risk appetite and
contrasting outlooks for monetary policy.

Investors also dumped the Australian dollar after the
country’s central bank chief said he was “open-minded” about
intervening to weaken the currency.

Nov 20, 2013

Dollar slips vs euro after Bernanke’s comments

SINGAPORE/SYDNEY, Nov 20 (Reuters) – The dollar edged lower
versus the euro on Wednesday after U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman
Ben Bernanke said the Fed will maintain its ultra-easy monetary
policy for as long as needed.

The euro rose 0.1 percent to $1.3554. Earlier on
Wednesday the single currency touched a high of $1.3584 on
trading platform EBS, its loftiest level since Nov. 1.

Nov 14, 2013

Dollar nurses losses after dovish Fed comments, yen slips

SINGAPORE/SYDNEY, Nov 14 (Reuters) – The dollar held steady
versus a basket of currencies on Thursday, struggling to gain
traction after dovish comments from Fed chairman nominee Janet
Yellen suggested the Fed may not be close to scaling back its

Yellen, in remarks prepared for her nomination hearing
before the Senate Banking Committee later on Thursday, said the
U.S. jobless rate was still too high and both the labour market
and economy were performing “far short” of potential.

Nov 13, 2013

Dollar holds near 2-month high vs yen on Fed tapering view

TOKYO/SINGAPORE (Reuters) – The dollar eased on Wednesday but still clung near a two-month high against the yen, supported by speculation that the U.S. Federal Reserve is on course to start reducing its stimulus as early as December.

After surprisingly strong U.S. October payroll data on Friday had many investors reassessing the timing of a Fed tapering, attention is now on the comments that nominee Fed President Janet Yellen will make at her Senate confirmation hearing on Thursday.

Nov 11, 2013

Dollar stands tall after jobs surprise revives Fed taper talk

SYDNEY/SINGAPORE (Reuters) – The dollar held near a two-month high against a basket of major currencies on Monday, having staged a broad rally after upbeat U.S. jobs data bolstered the case for the Federal Reserve to scale back stimulus as early as next month.

The dollar index .DXY eased 0.1 percent to 81.262 but stayed within sight of a two-month high of 81.482 set on Friday after a closely watched report showed employers added 204,000 new jobs to their payrolls last month, soundly beating forecasts for 125,000 jobs.

Nov 6, 2013

Yen slips as rise in Tokyo shares boosts risk sentiment

SINGAPORE, Nov 6 (Reuters) – The euro edged higher versus
the yen on Wednesday as a rise in Tokyo shares bolstered risk
sentiment and helped knock the Japanese currency lower, while
the New Zealand dollar rose following strong local jobs data.

Currency traders said the yen fell on the crosses as
Japanese equities pushed higher after Japan’s public broadcaster
NHK said Toyota Motor Corp would lift its earnings

Nov 5, 2013

Euro inches lower; Aussie sags after RBA statement

SYDNEY/SINGAPORE, Nov 5 (Reuters) – The euro eased on
Tuesday, stalling near a seven-week low as investors were
cautious ahead of the European Central Bank’s policy meeting
this week, while the Aussie dollar slipped after the nation’s
central bank talked down the currency.

The euro eased 0.1 percent to about $1.3499, managing
to stay just above a seven-week trough of $1.3442 set the
previous day.

Nov 4, 2013

Euro hits 6-week low; Aussie lifted by solid retail sales

SINGAPORE/SYDNEY (Reuters) – The euro touched a six-week low on Monday after suffering its biggest drop in over a year last week as pressure mounted on the European Central Bank to cut interest rates to shore up growth.

The euro skidded below chart support around $1.3460/80 and fell to as low as $1.3442 on trading platform EBS, its lowest level since September 18. It later trimmed its losses and was last down 0.1 percent on the day at $1.3478.

Oct 31, 2013

Dollar drifts near 2-week high as Fed dodges ultra-doves

SYDNEY/SINGAPORE, Oct 31 (Reuters) – The dollar hovered near
a two-week high against a basket of major currencies on
Thursday, after extending gains when the Federal Reserve
mollified jumpy markets and kept its massive bond-buying
stimulus in place.

Some investors had been taking profits on very bearish
dollar positions leading up to the Oct 29-30 policy meeting.
They continued to do so after the Fed’s comments suggested it
was less alarmed over the state of the economy than some had