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Dec 4, 2014

Euro hits 2-year low as ECB eyed; Aussie dollar extends fall

SYDNEY/SINGAPORE, Dec 4 (Reuters) – The euro hit a two-year
low on Thursday, finding few friends in a market that is
wagering the European Central Bank will be forced to inject even
more stimulus into the sputtering euro zone economy.

While a full-blown quantitative easing programme after
Thursday’s policy review is unlikely, some believe the ECB may
lay the groundwork for such a move early next year.

Dec 4, 2014

Euro on the defensive as ECB eyed; dollar sets 7-year high vs yen

SYDNEY/SINGAPORE, Dec 4 (Reuters) – The euro staggered near
two-year lows on Thursday, finding few friends in a market that
is wagering the European Central Bank will be forced to inject
even more stimulus into the sputtering euro zone economy.

While a full-blown quantitative easing programme after
Thursday’s policy review is unlikely, some believe the ECB may
lay the groundwork for such a move early next year.

Dec 3, 2014

Dollar sets 7-year high vs yen; Aussie tumbles after weak GDP

SINGAPORE/SYDNEY, Dec 3 (Reuters) – The dollar hit a
seven-year peak against the yen on Wednesday, following a rise
in U.S. bond yields and Federal Reserve officials’ mostly upbeat
comments on the outlook for the U.S. economy.

The greenback also rose against the Australian dollar, which
slid to a four-year low after data showed Australia’s economy
unexpectedly slowed last quarter, prompting markets to price in
more chances of an interest rate cut.

Dec 3, 2014

Dollar hits seven-year high vs. yen; Aussie slides after weak GDP

SINGAPORE/SYDNEY (Reuters) – The dollar hit a seven-year peak against the yen on Wednesday, following a rise in U.S. bond yields and Federal Reserve officials’ mostly upbeat comments on the outlook for the U.S. economy.

The greenback also rose against the Australian dollar, which slid to a four-year low after data showed Australia’s economy unexpectedly slowed last quarter, prompting markets to price in more chances of an interest rate cut.

Dec 3, 2014

Dollar hits 7-year high vs yen; Aussie slides after weak GDP

SINGAPORE/SYDNEY, Dec 3 (Reuters) – The dollar hit a
seven-year peak against the yen on Wednesday, following a rise
in U.S. bond yields and Federal Reserve officials’ mostly upbeat
comments on the outlook for the U.S. economy.

The greenback also rose against the Australian dollar, which
slid to a four-year low after data showed Australia’s economy
unexpectedly slowed last quarter, prompting markets to price in
more chances of an interest rate cut.

Dec 2, 2014

Dollar holds firm; Aussie edges higher on short-covering

SINGAPORE/SYDNEY, Dec 2 (Reuters) – The dollar inched higher
on Tuesday, while commodity exporters currencies, like the
Australian and Canadian dollars, held above recent lows after a
rebound in global commodity prices the previous day.

The Australian dollar also drew support from the lack of
dovish comments that some traders had been expecting from the
Australian central bank’s policy review.

Nov 27, 2014

Singapore pledges more steps if needed to contain household debt

SINGAPORE, Nov 27 (Reuters) – Some highly-leveraged
households in Singapore may be vulnerable if interest rates rise
or the economy slows, its central bank said on Thursday,
asserting it will take more steps if needed to keep household
debt at manageable levels.

“Despite some moderation in the overall level of household
indebtedness, the level of debt among highly leveraged
households bears close watching,” the Monetary Authority of
Singapore (MAS) said in its annual Financial Stability Review.

Nov 24, 2014

Euro wobbles on chance of more ECB action, Aussie perkier

SYDNEY/SINGAPORE (Reuters) – The euro flirted with a two-year trough against the dollar on Monday as investors gave the currency a wide berth on prospects of more easing from the European Central Bank.

ECB President Mario Draghi on Friday threw the door wide open for more drastic measures as he painted a bleak picture of the 18 countries in the euro bloc, stressing that “excessively low” inflation had to be raised quickly.

Nov 20, 2014

Yen slides to fresh seven-year low vs dollar; Aussie falters

SYDNEY/SINGAPORE (Reuters) – The yen slid on Thursday, striking seven-year lows against the dollar and a six-year trough versus the euro as speculators poured into carry trades funded by a tide of super-cheap liquidity from the Bank of Japan.

The dollar romped as far as 118.64 yen JPY=, its highest level since August 2007. The greenback last traded at 118.62 yen, up 0.6 percent on the day, having risen almost 10 yen since the BOJ sprang its surprise stimulus steps on the market at the end of October.

Nov 19, 2014

Yen slips in wake of Japan’s decision to delay sales tax rise

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – The yen hit a fresh seven-year low versus the dollar on Wednesday, staying on the defensive after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe decision to postpone a sales tax rise was read as supportive of risk sentiment.

The dollar rose to as high as 117.31 yen JPY=, its highest level since October 2007. The dollar last traded at 117.21 yen, up 0.3 percent on the day.