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The dollar advanced versus most of its major counterparts on speculation China’s efforts to tame inflation will cool growth and damp demand for riskier assets.
The euro dropped for the first time in seven days versus the greenback after Moody’s Investors Service said banks rolling over Greek bonds into new securities may incur impairment charges.
“We had this insipient risk recovery last week, and it has all of a sudden stalled,” said Richard Franulovich, a senior currency strategist at Westpac Banking Corp. in New York. “Moody’s has been in the news saying that the recent rollover plan constitutes a credit event. We thought Greece was taken off the table last week, and it’s still there, so that’s taken the steam out of the euro.”
The Swiss franc, a traditional haven from economic turmoil, rallied against all of its major counterparts.
China is likely to raise rates to combat consumer-price increases that may have reached 6.2 percent in June, said the Economic Information Daily, citing market estimates. That followed comments by the People’s Bank of China yesterday that the country still faces “large” inflationary pressure.
The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index fell 0.3 percent after rallying 5.6 percent last week. Yields on Treasury 10-year notes dropped five basis points to 3.13 percent today.
The Australian dollar weakened against the greenback after the South Pacific nation’s central bank left borrowing costs unchanged. The Reserve Bank of Australia kept its cash rate target at 4.75 percent for a seventh straight meeting as signs of slower growth from Europe to China dimmed prospects for an acceleration in hiring at home.
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