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Sep 5, 2014

Euro wobbly after ECB’s stimulus jolt; dollar hits 6-year high vs yen

SYDNEY/SINGAPORE, Sept 5 (Reuters) – The euro languished
near a 14-month low versus the dollar on Friday, struggling to
regain its footing after the European Central Bank delivered a
fresh round of stimulus and promised even more if needed.

The common European currency slipped 0.1 percent to $1.2935
. On Thursday, it had tumbled 1.6 percent, its biggest
one-day drop in nearly three years versus the dollar, and set a
14-month low of $1.2920.

Sep 4, 2014

Euro holds steady as ECB policy decision looms

SYDNEY/SINGAPORE, Sept 4 (Reuters) – The euro held steady
versus the dollar on Thursday, having recovered from one-year
lows set earlier this week as investors repositioned ahead of
the European Central Bank policy review.

News of a ceasefire plan in eastern Ukraine further shored
up the common currency, although this is now in doubt after
Ukraine’s prime minister dismissed the proposal outlined by
President Vladimir Putin.

Sep 1, 2014

Euro hits fresh one-year low, hamstrung by Ukraine turmoil

SYDNEY/SINGAPORE (Reuters) – The euro hit a fresh one-year low on Monday, as heightened worries about the crisis in Ukraine kept the currency on the defensive ahead of a European Central Bank policy meeting later this week.

The euro fell as far as $1.3119 EUR=, reaching lows not seen since early September 2013. It last traded at $1.3125, down 0.1 percent on the day.

Aug 28, 2014

Harried euro gets respite ahead of inflation test

SYDNEY/SINGAPORE (Reuters) – The euro inched higher on Thursday and held above a one-year low versus the dollar, getting some respite as feverish speculation of an imminent round of easing by the European Central Bank cooled.

Sources told Reuters on Wednesday that the ECB is unlikely to take new policy action next week unless inflation figures on Friday show the euro zone sinking significantly towards deflation. [ID:nL5N0QX47B]

Aug 27, 2014

Dollar sets 13-month high as euro struggles on ECB easing expectations

SYDNEY/SINGAPORE (Reuters) – The dollar hit a 13-month peak against a basket of major currencies on Wednesday, with the euro still struggling amid expectations of further policy easing from the European Central Bank.

The dollar index rose as far as 82.727 at one point, its highest level since July 2013. It was last steady on the day at 82.648.

Aug 22, 2014

Dollar rally pauses as Jackson Hole takes centre stage

SINGAPORE/SYDNEY, Aug 22 (Reuters) – The dollar hovered just
below its 2014 peak against a basket of major currencies on
Friday, with bulls turning cautious ahead of a speech by Federal
Reserve Chair Janet Yellen.

The dollar index held steady at 82.144, having risen
as high as 82.364 on Thursday – a level last seen in early

Aug 20, 2014

Dollar hits 11-month high, stays firm after solid housing data

TOKYO/SINGAPORE (Reuters) – The dollar touched an 11-month high against a basket of major currencies on Wednesday after positive U.S. housing data the previous day fed hopes that the world’s biggest economy is strengthening.

The dollar index .DXY =USD surged to as high as 81.995, its highest level since September. It last stood at 81.974, up 0.1 percent on the day.

Aug 14, 2014

Pound hits four-month low after BoE’s dovish shift, euro eyes GDP

SYDNEY/SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Sterling set a fresh four-month low on Thursday, staying on the defensive after the Bank of England surprised investors the previous day by signaling it was in no hurry to raise interest rates.

The pound touched a low of $1.6668 GBP=D4, its lowest level since mid-April, and down 3 percent from a near six-year high of $1.7192 touched in mid-July. It last traded at $1.6680, down about 0.1 percent on the day.

Aug 13, 2014

Yen takes Japan GDP shrinkage in stride; euro eases but off lows

SINGAPORE/SYDNEY (Reuters) – The yen held steady versus the dollar on Wednesday, showing limited reaction to the widely expected contraction in Japan’s economy in April-June, while the euro hovered above the previous day’s lows.

Japan’s economy shrank an annualised 6.8 percent in the second quarter, suffering its biggest contraction since the devastating March 2011 earthquake as a sales tax hike took a heavy toll on household spending.

Aug 12, 2014

Singapore avoids Q2 contraction; trade, services, weaken outlook

SINGAPORE, Aug 12 (Reuters) – Singapore’s economic growth slowed
significantly in the second quarter even though it avoided a quarterly
contraction, and analysts say the second half could be worse.

Some economists have recently either downgraded or noted downside risks to
their full-year growth forecasts, citing factors such as weakness in
manufacturing activity, the impact of Singapore’s ongoing economic
restructuring, and a slack property market.