May 27, 2015
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The U.S. dollar rose for a fourth day, the longest winning streak this quarter, as a growing set of improving economic data breathes new life into the greenback’s rally. The U.S. dollar is surging against most major currencies, reaching an almost eight-year high versus the yen, after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said last week she expects to raise interest rates this year. April economic data from consumer prices to durable goods orders improved, suggesting the first-quarter U.S. economic slowdown was temporary. The U.S. Dollar Spot Index, which tracks the greenback versus 10 peers, rose 0.3 percent to 1,195.00 as of 9:37 a.m. New York time.
The British pound weakened versus the euro for the first time in three days after a government official from Greece said the nation will start drafting a staff-level funding agreement with representatives of its international creditors. Sterling extended its longest run of losses against the dollar since March as the Greek comments eased demand for the British currency as a haven. Greek officials and representatives of creditor institutions are to start drafting the accord on Wednesday, a Greek government official said in an e-mail to reporters. Greek creditors aren’t yet drafting a final accord, a European Union official said. The pound weakened 0.4 percent to 70.99 pence per euro at 3:35 p.m. London time. It fell 0.2 percent to $1.5352, declining for a fourth-straight day.
The euro rose against most of its major peers on speculation that Greece was moving closer to reaching a deal with its creditors, alleviating concern the indebted nation will exit the shared currency. The 19-nation currency erased losses against the dollar after a Greek government official said the nation started drafting a staff-level agreement on funding with representatives of its international creditors. The deal will envisage low primary budget surpluses, a sales-tax overhaul and a pension-system reform. The euro was little changed at $1.0876 as of 11:06 a.m. in New York, after dropping as much as 0.5 percent earlier. It surged 0.6 percent to 134.66 yen.
The Canadian dollar fell to the lowest in a month after the Bank of Canada left borrowing costs unchanged and said current monetary stimulus is appropriate. The currency fell against its U.S. peer as the overnight lending rate was kept at 0.75 percent for a third straight meeting, following a 0.25 percentage-point cut in January. The loonie fell 0.2 percent to C$1.2462 at 10:33 a.m. in Toronto after trading at C$1.2484, the weakest level since April 15.
China’s yuan rose for the first time in four days on speculation policy makers will take steps to boost its global usage as it seeks to obtain reserve-currency status. The yuan has become the most-used in Asia for payments to China and Hong Kong. Chinese officials are seeking to have the currency added to the International Monetary Fund’s Special Drawing Rights basket. The IMF’s mission in China will work closely with authorities toward inclusion, which is “not a matter of if, but when,” . The yuan rose 0.04 percent to close at 6.2014 a dollar in Shanghai, halting a three-day drop of 0.12 percent. In Hong Kong, the currency advanced 0.03 percent to 6.2039.
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