July 27, 2015
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The U.S. dollar retreated following its longest weekly rally of 2015 as a selloff in stocks and commodities fueled concern global growth will sag as the U.S. considers raising interest rates. The U.S. currency weakened against all but one of its 16 major peers amid a slump in raw materials and global equities, as China’s benchmark index plunged the most in eight years. The U.S. Dollar Spot Index, which tracks the currency against 10 major peers, declined 0.6 percent to 1,202.11 at 10:21 a.m. in New York, after rising to 1,212.78 on Friday, the highest since March 19. The gauge gained for the past five weeks, the longest stretch this year. The U.S. dollar weakened 1.1 percent versus the Euro to $1.1102. It had earlier reached $1.1113 per Euro, its weakest since July 13. The U.S. currency fell 0.6 percent to 123.05 Japanese yen.
The euro reached a two-week high against the U.S. dollar as a measure of German business confidence unexpectedly rebounded.
The British pound fell to the weakest level in two weeks against the Euro on speculation a referendum on whether Britain should leave the European Union will happen sooner than traders had anticipated. The British pound depreciated 0.7 percent to 71.33 pence per euro as of 2:25 p.m. London time, and touched 71.61 pence, the weakest since July 8. It climbed 0.3 percent to $1.5551.
Australia’s volume dipped 4 percent to $135.9 billion in April, according to the Australian Foreign Exchange Committee. Transactions for the Australian dollar versus the U.S. dollar accounted for 44 percent of total average daily volumes in the South Pacific nation.
Daily trading in Japan’s capital declined 2.8 percent to $362.7 billion, compared with October 2014, the Tokyo Foreign Exchange Market Committee reported Monday on its website. Trading in the Japanese yen versus the U.S. dollar declined 1.4 percent, even as such trades accounted for more than half of all transactions, while Euro- Japanese yen trading climbed 24 percent, the Tokyo data showed. Electronic trading in Japan dropped 19 percent to $161.9 billion a day, or just 45 percent of transactions, after accounting for more than half in October.
China yuan is trading currently at 6.2096 against U.S. dollar, as of 12:31 PST. The State Council released a statement on 24 July on promoting China’s trade growth. The statement referred to a widening of the USD-CNY trading band, reigniting speculation that a band widening is imminent and that the Chinese yuan (CNY) is likely to see renewed volatility.
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