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Jun 12, 2014

Euro hovers near four-month low; kiwi up on RBNZ rate hike

TOKYO (Reuters) – The euro hovered near a four-month low versus the dollar on Thursday, hobbled by a widening yield gap between euro zone bonds and their major peers, while the New Zealand dollar rose after the central bank retained its hawkish bias.

The euro held steady at $1.3535, languishing near a four-month low of $1.3503 set last Thursday when the European Central Bank cut interest rates to record lows and took its deposit rate negative for the first time.

Jun 11, 2014

Euro slips, dented by ECB easing and yield gap vs dollar

TOKYO, June 11 (Reuters) – The euro neared a four-month low
on Wednesday, after the dollar’s yield advantage over the single
currency widened in the wake of upbeat U.S. economic data and
the European Central Bank’s monetary easing.

A rise in U.S. bond yields on speculation that the U.S.
Federal Reserve could raise interest rates sooner than
previously expected has supported the greenback and put pressure
on the single currency this week.

Jun 11, 2014

Euro slips, hit by widening yield gap on U.S. dollar

TOKYO, June 11 (Reuters) – The euro languished near a
four-month low on Wednesday, after the dollar’s yield advantage
over the single currency widened in the wake of upbeat U.S.
economic data and the European Central Bank’s monetary easing.

A rise in U.S. bond yields on speculation that the U.S.
Federal Reserve could raise interest rates sooner than
previously expected helped support the greenback this week.

Jun 10, 2014

Dollar steady, draws support from rise in U.S. yields

TOKYO, June 10 (Reuters) – The dollar held steady versus a
basket of major currencies on Tuesday, clinging to gains made
the previous day thanks to higher U.S. bond yields after last
week’s solid U.S. jobs report.

The dollar index stood at 80.607 , keeping
above a near two-week trough of 80.240 touched last Friday.

Jun 10, 2014

Dollar clings to gains, higher U.S. yields underpin

TOKYO, June 10 (Reuters) – The dollar held steady versus a
basket of major currencies on Tuesday, clinging to gains made
the previous day thanks to higher U.S. bond yields after last
week’s solid U.S. jobs report.

The dollar index stood at 80.634, staying above a
near two-week trough of 80.240 touched last Friday.

Jun 6, 2014

Euro holds firm after post-ECB short-covering, USD eyes jobs

SYDNEY/SINGAPORE, June 6 (Reuters) – The euro held steady on
Friday after a dramatic rebound from a four-month trough the
previous day as investors booked profits after the European
Central Bank eased policy in a long-anticipated move.

The euro last traded at $1.3659, having recovered
from a trough of $1.3503 set on Thursday shortly after the ECB
cut interest rates to record lows, taking its deposit rate into
negative territory for the first time.

Jun 5, 2014

Euro near four-month lows as ECB looms; yen gets respite

SYDNEY/SINGAPORE, June 5 (Reuters) – The euro languished
near four-month lows on Thursday with investors firmly sidelined
as they waited to see what measures the European Central Bank
would implement to tackle the threat of deflation.

The ECB is widely expected to cut interest rates, putting
the deposit rate into negative territory for the first time. It
is also seen offering longer-term loans linked to further
lending, without launching large-scale asset purchases as the
Bank of Japan has done.

Jun 4, 2014

Euro eases but holds above four-month low, focus on ECB

SYDNEY/SINGAPORE (Reuters) – The euro eased on Wednesday as expectations intensified that the European Central Bank will unveil a flurry of measures this week to stave off deflation, while the Aussie dollar gained a brief lift from upbeat economic growth data.

The euro gave back some of the gains it made during the previous day’s short squeeze, which some traders described as a ‘buy-the-rumor-sell-the-fact’ move in the wake of subdued euro zone inflation data.

May 30, 2014

In dig at China, Japan PM says supports SE Asia on freedom of sea, air

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, pushing for a greater role for Japan in regional security, said on Friday that Tokyo would offer its “utmost support” to Southeast Asian countries, several of which are locked in maritime disputes with its arch-rival China.

China claims almost the entire South China Sea, rejecting rival claims to parts of it from Vietnam, the Philippines, Taiwan, Malaysia and Brunei in one of Asia’s most intractable disputes and a possible flashpoint.

May 30, 2014

Japan PM says supports Southeast Asia efforts on freedom of sea, air

SINGAPORE, May 30 (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo
Abe said on Friday that Tokyo would offer its “utmost support”
to Southeast Asian countries, several locked in maritime
disputes with China, in efforts to defend their seas and
airspace.

China claims almost the entire South China Sea, rejecting
rival claims to parts of it from Vietnam, the Philippines,
Taiwan, Malaysia and Brunei in one of Asia’s most intractable
disputes and a possible flashpoint.