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Swiss franc down vs dollar pressured by weak Europe ZURICH: The Swiss franc fell against the dollar and the euro on Thursday as dour economic data in the euro zone dampened sentiment for the single-currency.The franc fell to a four-month low past 1.25 against the euro on Wednesday hurt by recent benign Swiss inflation and waning safe-haven inflows before later paring losses.On Thursday, it slipped 0.2 percent against the single currency compared to the New York close to trade at 1.2458 by 0726 GMT.Data on Wednesday showing the euro zone contracted for the sixth quarter in a row pressured the single currency, in turn pulling the franc down against the dollar."The GDP situation yesterday showed how weak the situation is in Europe. The US is in better condition," said Sarasin analyst Alessandro Bee.The Swiss franc has largely tracked the euro since the Swiss National Bank (SNB) imposed a 1.20 per euro cap on the franc in September 2011 after ...


Dollar rises on prospect of Fed tightening and ECB easing LONDON: The dollar was near a six-week high against the euro and a 4-1/2 year peak against the yen on Thursday on prospects for more monetary easing in the euro zone and scaled back asset buying in the United States.Final euro zone inflation data for April due at 0900 GMT is expected to be weak, reinforcing expectations the European Central Bank could cut interest rates, with the potential for it to opt for a negative ...

Dollar slips against yen in Asia after rally TOKYO: The dollar slipped against the yen in Asia on Thursday as investors locked in profits on the greenback's recent surge, while the euro was weak on gloomy European growth data.The currency market's reaction to upbeat Japan economic growth data was muted despite figures showing the world's third-largest economy expanded 0.9 percent between January and March from the previous three months.In morning Tokyo trade, the dollar bought 102.05 yen, briefly falling below the 102-yen mark ...

Mexico, Brazil currencies dip on global growth slump MEXICO CITY: Latin American currencies lost steam on Wednesday as disappointing economic data out of Europe and the United States dulled investor enthusiasm for higher-risk assets.The Brazilian real and the Mexican peso both edged lower as data showed the euro zone economy contracted for a sixth straight quarter while France slid into recession.In the United States, where signs of recovery have fueled expectations that the Federal Reserve may wind down its asset purchase program by ...

A$ struggles on soft commodities, kiwi waits budget SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: The Australian dollar was labouring against a firmer US dollar on Thursday as soft commodity prices weighed, while the New Zealand dollar bounced off two-month lows ahead of the annual government budget.NZ annual budget due at 0200GMT with expectations the government will lift its forecast of economic growth and budget surpluses from 2014/15.The Aussie struggling at $0.9896, having hit a fresh 11-month low of $0.9852 overnight. Charts show the recent sharp decline seen as ...

Euro sinks on poor eurozone growth data NEW YORK: A fresh report showing the eurozone still mired ina pause in its downward slide.The euro was flat in early Asian trade but slid immediately after EU data agency Eurostat reported the eurozone economy shrank 0.2 percent in the January-March quarter, the sixth consecutive quarterly contraction.At 2100 GMT, the euro bought $1.2884, down from 1.2924 late Tuesday. The common currency pulled off its day's low of $1.2843 in afternoon US trade.Meanwhile the dollar e ...

Euro slips to six-week low on weak euro zone GDP NEW YORK: The euro declined to its lowest level against the dollar in six weeks on Wednesday as data showing an unexpectedly large contraction of the euro zone economy raised expectations for more monetary easing by the European Central Bank.The dollar again rose to a 4-1/2-year high against the yen as investors debated the outlook and policies affecting the US economy against those affecting Japan, though it pared gains midway through the New York session ...


 



 
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