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September 3, 2015
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The U.S. Dollar Spot Index, added 0.1 percent to 1,210.19 as of 7:26 a.m. in London. It rose 0.3 percent on Tuesday, snapping two days of declines. The U.S. dollar gained 0.1 percent to 120.40 Japanese yen and was unchanged at $1.1227 per Euro. The U.S. dollar rose as employment data due out of Washington and a European Central Bank meeting return focus to the relative strength of the U.S. economy and the timing of Federal Reserve interest-rate increases. U.S. dollar rebounded on Wednesday from two days of losses against the Euro and Japanese yen after a report showed hiring in the U.S. was mostly on pace in August. The Labor Department releases its employment figures Friday. The U.S. dollar has appreciated 8.6 percent this year, as the Fed signaled it is moving toward raising rates for the first time since 2006. The central bank next meets September 16-17.
The British pound fell for an eighth day against the U.S. dollar Thursday, sinking to a three-month low of $1.5239. It was at 72.95 pence per Euro as of 9:46 a.m. in New York, down 5 percent from an almost
eight-year high reached in July. British pound suffered the sharpest turnaround of any developed-world currency over the past month, tumbling and posting its longest stretch of declines versus the U.S. dollar in almost a year. Options prices signal further losses versus the U.S. dollar and increasing pessimism against the Euro. That’s a blow for hedge funds, which turned positive on the British pound versus the U.S. dollar for the first time in a year last week. British pound is relying on a boost to Bank of England interest rates.
The Euro dropped 0.8 percent to $1.1142 at 1:48 p.m. London time and touched $1.1124. It dropped 0.9 percent to 133.83 Japanese yen. The Euro remained weaker ahead of the European Central Bank meeting Thursday with weaker commodity prices, slowing trade and a rout in global equities. The shared currency weakened after European Central Bank said policy makers adjusted the parameters of their
bond-buying program and lowered economic forecasts. The European Central Bank raised the limit on its bond purchases under its quantitative-easing program to 33 percent per issue from 25 percent previously.
Australia’s currency dropped 0.4 percent to 70.13 U.S. cents as of 10:34 a.m. in Tokyo. It slid below 70 cents for the first time since April 2009 on Wednesday. Australia’s dollar fell after a report showed retail sales unexpectedly declined in July. The Australian dollar also dropped after the nation had a trade deficit for the month.
Canadian exports surged for a second month in July to the second highest on record, adding to evidence the nation’s economy is rebounding from a slump. Exports rose 2.3 percent after a 5.5 percent gain in June. The gain in exports was driven by a 9.9 percent increase in motor vehicle shipments, a 19 percent jump in aircraft-related sales and a 7.3 percent rise in consumer goods. Energy product exports dropped 5.7 percent to C$7.3 billion. Excluding energy, the nation’s shipments abroad rose by 4 percent. Imports rose 1.7 percent in July. On a volume basis, exports increased 1 percent, while imports were up 0.5 percent. The surplus with the U.S. narrowed to C$3.79 billion in July from C$4.36 billion a month earlier.
Japanese stocks rose for the first time this week as a semblance of calm returned to Asian markets as China (and Hong Kong) halted trading for a two-day holiday. Japan’s own economy is struggling to recover from a contraction in the second quarter as the China slowdown weighs on exports and domestic consumption remains weak.
China and Hong Kong stopped the trading for a two-day holiday. Offshore China yuan, as of 10:46 am, is at 6.4478.
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