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Latam FX down on Fed fears; debt issuance supports real RIO DE JANEIRO: Most Latin American currencies weakened on Monday following strong US economic data, but the real was steady as a number of Brazilian companies including Petrobras issued debt abroad, boosting prospects for dollar inflows.The currencies of Mexico, Chile and Colombia dropped between 0.7 percent and 1.2 percent after reports showed US manufacturing activity picked up in May and construction spending surged in April to a nearly 6-1/2-year high.The data supported bets that the US Federal Reserve may soon increase interest rates, reducing the allure of higher-yielding but riskier emerging market assets.The Brazilian real bucked the trend, however, after state-run oil company Petrobras and media group Globo offered to sell dollar-denominated bonds maturing in 100 years and 10 years, respectively.The deals added to debt issued last week by bank Itau and food processor BRF."This is a sign that there is appetite for Brazilian assets and that dollar inflows may ...

Dollar hits 12-1/2-year peak against yen on US data NEW YORK: The US dollar rose on Monday, hitting a 12-1/2-year peak against the yen after the release of stronger-than-expected data on US manufacturing and construction spending, while renewed worries over a Greek default contributed to the euro's weakness. Reports showed US manufacturing picked up in May and construction spending surged in April to a nearly 6-1/2-year high. The data bolstered optimism about the health of the US economy and hardened confidence the Federal Reserve ...
C$ touches 1-1/2 month low as data lifts greenback TORONTO: The Canadian dollar beat a sharp retreat against its US counterpart on Monday, hurt by oil prices that fell on expectations that OPEC production levels will stay elevated, while the greenback was lifted by economic data.The US dollar rose against key currencies on figures that showed stronger-than-expected manufacturing activity in May and that construction spending picked up sharply in April, boosting expectations a US interest hike is likely this year.Those data points followed an ...
Dollar cuts gains vs yen on Japan finance minister comment NEW YORK: The dollar fell to US session lows versus the yen on Thursday after Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso said the yen's recent drop had been "rough," igniting expectations the Bank of Japan may intervene to stem further decline in the currency. In early afternoon trading, the dollar was up 0.07 percent at 123.760 yen after touching a US session low of 123.620 on the EBS trading system. The greenback earlier hit a 12-1/2-year ...
Dollar hits 12-1/2-year peak vs yen before retreating NEW YORK: The dollar climbed to a 12-1/2-year high against the yen on Thursday before pulling back as investors bet that US interest rates will rise later this year while Japan's monetary policy remains ultra-loose. The latest data on US jobless claims and pending home sales supported expectations that the Federal Reserve is moving toward raising rates by year-end, analysts said. "The tone in US economic numbers is improving. This reminds investors US rates are ...
Dollar adds gains after pending home sales data NEW YORK: The dollar briefly added to earlier gains versus the euro and yen on Thursday as a stronger-than-expected 3.4 percent rise in domestic pending home sales in April supported the view of a spring revival in the housing market.The dollar reached a session high against the yen at 124.460 yen on the EBS trading platform before subsiding to 124.195, up 0.4 percent from its U.S. close on Wednesday.The euro fell to a session low ...
C$ hits 6-week low as rate expectations boost greenback TORONTO: The Canadian dollar weakened through a key psychological barrier to a six-week low on Thursday as the US dollar benefited from expectations that US interest rates will rise later this year, while Canadian rates are seen staying put.Signals from the Bank of Canada on Wednesday that it is in no hurry to raise rates helped push the Canadian currency through the C$1.25 barrier on Thursday, but the greenback was on a roll against major ...


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