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April 15, 2014
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The U.S. dollar remained higher versus the euro after U.S. consumer prices rose more than forecast last month while the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s gauge of manufacturing in its region unexpectedly declined in April.
The British pound erased its early losses against other major currencies in European deals on Tuesday, after U.K. consumer price inflation data for March. U.K. consumer price inflation slowed in March, the figures from the Office for National Statistics showed today. The consumer price index rose 1.6 percent annually, matching economists' expectations. The Bank of England has an inflation target of 2 percent. Month-on-month, prices rose 0.2 percent, after increasing 0.5 percent in the previous month. That was also in line with economists’ expectations. The U.K. factory-gate inflation eased to 0.5 percent in March from 0.6 percent in February. Meanwhile, input prices declined 6.5 percent annually, following a 5.8 percent decline in February. The U.K. like-for-like sales tumbled 1.7 percent on year in March, the British Retail Consortium said early in the day - falling into the red for the second straight month. The headline figure was well shy of forecasts for an increase of 1.0 percent following the 1.0 percent decline in February.
The euro remained moderately lower against the U.S. dollar on Tuesday, after the release of higher-than-expected U.S. inflation data and a disappointing manufacturing report from New York.
The Australian dollar declined against all 16 major peers after minutes of the Reserve Bank’s meeting this month signaled a rise in the local currency was a drag on efforts to achieve balanced growth. The Aussie fell from near the highest in five months versus the greenback after the central bank reiterated the most prudent course is likely to be a period of steady interest rates in minutes published today from its April 1 meeting, when policy makers left the benchmark lending rate at a record-low 2.5 percent. Demand for the Aussie and New Zealand’s kiwi were hampered ahead of a report tomorrow economists forecast will show the economy slowed in China, the South Pacific nations’ biggest trading partner. Australia’s dollar fell 0.5 percent to 93.82 U.S. cents as of 4:51 p.m. in Sydney from yesterday. It touched 94.61 on April 10, the highest since Nov. 8. The Aussie weakened 0.4 percent to 95.57 yen. The kiwi dropped 0.6 percent to 86.40 U.S. cents and declined 0.4 percent to 88 yen.
The Canadian dollar fell slightly against the US dollar Tuesday morning as positive manufacturing data failed to take investors’ attention off a pending rate decision by the Bank of Canada, said analysts. On Wednesday the bank is scheduled to release its quarterly Monetary Policy Report decision and to announce whether it plans to adjust Canada’s interest rate. Most analysts believe the bank will stay dovish and that inflation may rise slightly in March. The loonie fell 0.32 of a cent to 90.98 cents US.
The Japanese yen climbed against most of 16 major counterparts as Ukraine unleashed an offensive to dislodge militants from towns in its eastern Donetsk region, stoking investor demand for safety. The Japanese currency rose for the first time in three days against the dollar after Ukrainian units backed by armored personnel carriers blocked all approaches to the town of Slovyansk, Russia’s state-run RIA Novosti news service reported, citing an unidentified pro-Russian activist. The yen appreciated 0.2 percent to 101.70 per dollar at 10:43 a.m. in New York, after dropping 0.1 percent earlier. The Japanese currency gained 0.1 percent to 140.57 per euro.
In China, gross domestic product probably increased 7.3 percent in the first quarter from a year ago, economists predicted before the data tomorrow, down from 7.7 percent in the fourth quarter. China's yuan softened on Tuesday after the central bank fixed its official midpoint at a seven-month low, as traders said major Chinese industrial companies were stocking up on dollars for trade as well as mergers and acquisitions. But major state-owned banks, generally seen as doing the People's Bank of China's bidding, reduced their dollar purchases, a signal that the central bank has reduced its intervention in trade that previously had kept downward pressure on the yuan. Thus traders said the yuan was likely to move mainly between 6.20 and 6.25 against the dollar in the coming weeks. Spot yuan stood at 6.2224 per dollar at midday, dropping 0.05 per cent from Monday's close, after the PBOC fixed its midpoint at 6.1571, down 0.07 per cent from the previous day.
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