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C$ firms as Canada housing starts beat forecast TORONTO: The Canadian dollar was marginally stronger than its US counterpart on Monday after data showed Canadian housing starts came in ahead of expectations in May, but market moves were muted ahead of what looked like a quiet week.A report from Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp showed seasonally adjusted annualized housing starts rose to 198,324 last month, while April was revised higher to 196,687 units. Analysts had forecast 185,000 for May.The stronger data suggested housing will contribute to economic growth in the second quarter after an unusually frigid winter put a chill on construction."(The Canadian dollar was) a little bit better ... Housing starts helped a little bit," said Benjamin Reitzes, senior economist and foreign exchange strategist at BMO capital Markets. "This is going to be a quiet week overall for every market, currency markets as well, after pretty solid action last week."At 9:38 a.m. EDT (1339 GMT), the Canadian ...

Dollar gains broadly on higher yields after Friday jobs data NEW YORK: The dollar rose against a basket of major currencies on Monday in the wake of last week's sturdy U.S. jobs report, with bids supported by higher U.S. government bond yields compared to those of European counterparts.The dollar extended gains against the euro after the European Central Bank unveiled its latest monetary policy measures to combat deflation last week, which included cutting its main rates to record lows."People are feeling that the risk versus ...
Dollar edges higher after upbeat US jobs data NEW YORK: The dollar rallied slightly against the euro and other major currencies on Friday after a solid May US jobs report pointed to growth in the world's largest economy.US employers created more than 200,000 jobs for the fourth straight month in May, the Labor Department said. A net 217,000 positions were added, nearly all by the private sector.Though a hair below expectations, the report generally showed the recovery in the labor market was steadily ...
C$ a tad weaker after North American jobs reports TORONTO: The Canadian dollar was slightly weaker against the greenback on Friday as investors weighed an underwhelming domestic jobs report against data that showed a solid pace of hiring south of the border.The Canadian economy created 25,800 jobs last month, largely in line with expectations, but the positions were part-time.Economists said the details were more disappointing than the overall figure. In contrast, US employment returned to its pre-recession level with 217,000 jobs added in May.The ...
US dollar skews toward weakness after May jobs report NEW YORK: Investors trimmed US dollar holdings on Friday after a solid May US jobs report nearly matched consensus and left little chance the US Federal Reserve will deviate from its course of removing monetary accommodation from a strengthening economy. This follows Thursday's long-promised steps by the European Central Bank to increased the level of monetary stimulus into the euro zone economy, which over time puts pressure on investors to sell euros and buy higher ...
C$ firms a bit as ECB moves sharpen risk appetite TORONTO: The Canadian dollar rose modestly against the greenback on Thursday, boosted by an increase in investor risk appetite after the European Central Bank announced further actions to boost the euro zone economy.The loonie gained against the euro as ECB President Mario Draghi said the central bank will offer banks a targeted long-term refinancing operation (LTRO) to persuade them to lend. Draghi also said the ECB was preparing to purchase asset-backed securities in the future.The ...
Euro holds ground even as ECB launches low inflation fight NEW YORK: The euro rebounded from four-month lows on Thursday, brushing aside the European Central Bank's decision to cut interest rates and announce an array of measures to loosen monetary policy in order to halt a disinflation trend.The ECB cut all its main rates to record lows in a drive to fight off the risk of a Japan-like deflation and bring down the euro's exchange rate. For the first time, it will charge banks 0.10 ...


Index Closing Chg%
Arrow DJIA 16,919.59 0.48
Arrow Nasdaq 4,527.52 0.43
Arrow S&P 1,981.60 0.50
Arrow FTSE 6,779.31 0.56
Arrow DAX 9,334.28 0.96
Arrow CAC-40 4,254.45 0.56
Arrow Nikkei 15,449.79 0.83
Arrow H.Seng 25,122.95 0.67
Arrow Sensex 26,420.67 0.11

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