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Dollar slides on US retail sales, IMF outlook NEW YORK: The dollar tumbled on Tuesday, after five straight days of gains, as investors took advantage of weaker-than-expected US retail sales to lighten hefty positions on the greenback that had built up due to expectations of an impending rate increase. A second blow to the US economic outlook came from the International Monetary Fund, which lowered its forecasts for US growth to 3.1 percent for this year and next from January's expectations of 3.6 percent and 3.3 percent, respectively. The yen, meanwhile, gained broadly, hitting a two-year high against the euro after an economic adviser to Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe indicated that the currency might have fallen too far and needed to retrace some of its losses. "I wouldn't be surprised if people bring down Q1 GDP forecasts on the data," said Marc Chandler, global head of currency strategy at Brown Brothers Harriman in New York. "Couple that ...

Dollar rises against euro on continued Fed hike bets NEW YORK: The US dollar rose against the euro on Monday in a continuation of last week's bets that the US Federal Reserve will hike interest rates in the coming months, while the yen edged higher on comments from a high-profile economic adviser. With little US economic data, recent commentary from Fed officials and minutes from the central bank's March policy meeting suggesting the possibility of a June rate hike boosted demand for the dollar ...
Dollar rallies on rate differentials, policy forecasts NEW YORK: The US dollar hit a near-three-week peak on Thursday, driven higher by sentiment that US interest rates inevitably will rise, with the prospect of a June increase still in the mix despite spotty economic data.Interest rate differentials between benchmark US and German 10-year government bonds widened to 1.771 percent on Thursday, their biggest spread since March 26. The euro fell to its lowest level since March 19, trading off 1.34 percent to $1.06370 ...
C$ hit by greenback rally as market braces for jobs data TORONTO: The Canadian dollar weakened against the greenback on Thursday, hurt by a rallying US dollar and investor positioning ahead of Friday's Canadian employment report for March.The Canadian economy has been feeling the pinch from the dramatic plunge in crude prices since last summer and markets have broadly expected the first quarter to be especially weak.Economists polled by Reuters expect no new jobs to have been created last month, and the unemployment rate to remain ...
Canadian dollar dips as US$ rebounds from jobs disappointment  TORONTO: The Canadian dollar weakened on Tuesday against the US dollar, which recouped its losses from Friday's dreary US jobs report as traders returned from the extended Easter weekend, but the Canadian currency remained an outperformer against many of its major counterparts.The greenback's rally over the last few months stalled in recent weeks as a string of US economic data pointed to a softer first quarter. Signs of a slowing economy have tempered expectations of ...
Dollar eases after recent gains; Fed minutes awaited NEW YORK: The dollar eased on Wednesday, backing away from a nearly three-week high hit against the yen, as currency traders readied for the release of Federal Reserve meeting minutes.Coming off two days of gains, the greenback was down 0.25 percent versus the yen but above session lows touched after the Bank of Japan kept monetary policy unchanged despite slowing inflation.The dollar last stood at 119.9 yen, while the dollar index, which measures the greenback ...
Dollar rallies as investors look past poor US jobs data NEW YORK: The dollar rose against the euro and the yen for the second straight day Tuesday, gaining back more ground from losses after last week's poor US jobs report."Dollar bulls are back in control and they plan to take the greenback higher," said Kathy Lien of BK Asset Management.The euro fell to $1.0813 around 2100 GMT, down from $1.0928 late Monday. Lien said that bargain hunters saw an opportunity in the market after Friday's ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 18,232.02 0.29
Arrow Nasdaq 5,089.36 0.03
Arrow S&P 2,126.06 0.22
Arrow FTSE 7,031.72 0.05
Arrow DAX 11,815.01 0.42
Arrow CAC-40 5,142.89 0.07
Arrow Nikkei 20,264.41 0.30
Arrow H.Seng 27,992.83 1.70
Arrow Sensex 27,957.50 0.53

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