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The euro fell against the dollar and yen as concern the region’s debt crisis is getting worse pushed the extra yield investors demand to hold Greek 10-year bonds instead of German debt to a record 1,000 basis points.
“Increased worries about defaults in the periphery are weighing yet again on the euro and a reminder that we’re still not by any means at the end of this crisis,” said David Mann, New York-based head of research in the Americas at Standard Chartered. “It’s also been very tough to stay above the $1.45 level, which is a major psychological level for the market. There are suspected options barriers around that level.”
The yen rallied versus all of its major counterparts on demand for a refuge as China said inflation reached the fastest pace in more than two years, reviving concern the world’s second-largest economy will cool growth. The dollar dropped against the yen as a measure of inflation was lower than economists forecast.
U.S. consumer prices excluding volatile food and fuel costs rose 0.1 percent in March after an increase of 0.2 percent in the previous month, the Labor Department reported. That core figure increased 1.2 percent from a year earlier.
“Consumer prices don’t do much to change the steady outlook for Fed policy,” said Joe Manimbo, a market analyst in Washington at Travelex Global Business Payments, a currency-exchange network.
The euro has gained 8 percent versus the dollar this year on bets accelerating inflation will prompt European policy makers to raise interest rates further even as nations such as Greece and Ireland try to reduce their debt burdens.
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