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The euro strengthened against the dollar and yen on speculation a reintroduction of loans to banks by the European Central Bank will buoy crisis-ridden markets.
The 17-nation currency weakened earlier as ECB President Jean-Claude Trichet said the region’s economy is facing “intensified downside risks.” The pound fell after the Bank of England unexpectedly expanded its bond-purchase plan.
The franc dropped for a third day against the euro on speculation the central bank will impose further measures to contain its strength after imposing the cap last month at 1.20 per euro.
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