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Mar 31, 2014

Yen nurses losses, euro subdued ahead of inflation data

SYDNEY/SINGAPORE, March 31 (Reuters) – The yen struggled to
gain traction versus the dollar and touched a fresh six-year low
against the New Zealand dollar on Monday as demand for the
safe-haven currency waned amid hopes of more stimulus from
China.

The dollar held steady at 102.84 yen, staying above
Friday’s session low near 102.03 yen.

Mar 27, 2014

Euro struggles after ECB officials reopen easing debate; yen firmer

TOKYO/SINGAPORE (Reuters) – The euro held steady near recent lows versus the dollar on Thursday after comments from European Central Bank officials revived speculation about further monetary easing to stave off potential deflation.

The euro traded at around $1.3784, hovering near a low of $1.3749 hit twice in recent days, a break of which will bring the currency to its lowest level since March 6.

Mar 25, 2014

Dollar off recent highs, hampered by doubts about U.S. growth momentum

SYDNEY/SINGAPORE (Reuters) – The dollar held steady against a basket of major currencies on Tuesday, keeping a low profile after slipping on the previous day in the wake of a disappointing reading on U.S. manufacturing activity.

The dollar index last fetched 79.952 .DXY, having backed away from Monday’s session high of 80.290 and a three-week peak of 80.354 set last Thursday.

Mar 21, 2014

Dollar pauses before Fed speakers; yuan hits 13-month low

SYDNEY/SINGAPORE, March 21 (Reuters) – The dollar hovered
near a three-week peak against a basket of major currencies on
Friday, but could struggle to extend gains as investors awaited
more clarity on the Federal Reserve’s policy path.

Fed officials including Richard Fisher, James Bullard and
Narayana Kocherlakota are all due to speak later on Friday,
after Fed Chair Janet Yellen surprised markets mid-week by
suggesting the possibility of raising interest rates early next
year.

Mar 14, 2014

Asia currencies dented by jitters over Ukraine, China worries

SINGAPORE, March 14 (Reuters) – Most Asian currencies
slipped against the dollar on Friday as renewed jitters over
heightened tensions in Ukraine and worries over an economic
slowdown in China curbed investors’ appetite for riskier assets.

The daily losses were led by the Indian rupee,
which pulled away from a seven-month high versus the dollar set
earlier in the week, followed by the Malaysian ringgit.

Mar 12, 2014

Asia currencies retreat on worries about China

SINGAPORE, March 12 (Reuters) – Emerging Asian currencies
slipped broadly against the dollar on Wednesday as worries about
an economic slowdown in China prompted investors to shun riskier
assets.

The losses were led by the Indonesian rupiah, the
best-performing emerging Asian currency so far this year, and
the South Korean won, followed by the Philippine peso
.

Mar 11, 2014

Asian currencies rise as yuan steadies; rupee shines

SINGAPORE, March 11 (Reuters) – Emerging Asian currencies
edged higher versus the dollar on Tuesday with sentiment
improving as the Chinese yuan stabilised and regional equities
held firm.

The Indian rupee hit a fresh seven-month high against the
dollar at 60.5925. Traders said moves in local equities
were being watched for cues on foreign fund inflows.

Mar 10, 2014

Asian currencies fall vs dlr after solid US jobs data

SINGAPORE, March 10 (Reuters) – Most Asian currencies fell
on Monday as the dollar rose after U.S. nonfarm payrolls
increased more than expected, and as Chinese trade data added to
worries of a slowdown in the world’s second-largest economy.

Moves in the Chinese yuan also weighed on Asian currencies.
China’s central bank fixed the yuan’s mid-point at a
much lower level than the Friday’s fix.

Mar 7, 2014

Euro clings to post-ECB gains, U.S. jobs data eyed

TOKYO/SINGAPORE (Reuters) – The euro held steady near a two-month high against the dollar on Friday, pausing in the wake of a European Central Bank inspired rally, as trade turned cautious ahead of U.S. jobs data.

The euro last stood at $1.3858, within a stone’s throw of a two-month peak of $1.3873 hit on Thursday after the ECB decided to stand pat on policy and held off from fresh monetary stimulus.

Mar 5, 2014

Yen steady, nurses losses as Ukraine jitters ease

SYDNEY/SINGAPORE, March 5 (Reuters) – The yen held steady
versus the dollar on Wednesday, nursing heavy losses from the
previous day as safety demand faded after Russian President
Vladimir Putin played down the prospect of a war in Ukraine.

The dollar held steady at 102.23 yen, after having
risen 0.8 percent against the Japanese currency on Tuesday for
its biggest one-day gain since mid-January.