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10.03.2015 16:34

Foreign exchange market. American session: the U.S. dollar traded mixed against the most major currencies after the weaker-than-expected U.S. job openings figures

The U.S. dollar traded mixed against the most major currencies after the weaker-than-expected U.S. job openings figures. Job openings climbed to 4.998 million in January from 4.877 million in December. That was the highest level since January 2001.

December's figure was revised down from 5.028 million.

Analysts had expected job openings to rise to 5.030 million.

Wholesale inventories in the U.S. rose 0.3% in January, missing expectations for a flat reading, after a flat reading in December. December's figure was revised up from a 0.1% increase.

Inventories of durable goods increased 0.6% in January, while inventories of non-durable goods fell by 0.1%.

The greenback remained supported by Friday's labour market data. The U.S. economy added 295,000 jobs in February, exceeding expectations for a rise of 241,000 jobs, after a gain of 239,000 jobs in January. J

The U.S. unemployment rate fell to 5.5% in February from 5.7% in January, beating forecast of a decline to 5.6%. That was lowest level since May 2008.

Investors expect that the Fed might start to raise its interest rate sooner than expected.

The euro declined against the U.S. dollar as concerns over Greece's further bailout policy weighed on the euro. European finance ministers piled pressure on Greece to examine its books in order to obtain more aid.

The European Central Bank President Mario Draghi asked on Monday Greece to allow new visits from technical experts. Greece agreed to allow experts to examine its books in Athens on Wednesday.

The Eurogroup of euro zone finance ministers discussed proposed Greek economic reforms.

Industrial production in France climbed 0.4% in January, missing expectations for a 0.8% gain, after a 1.4% rise in December. December's figure was revised down from a 1.5% increase.

The British pound traded higher against the U.S. dollar after comments by the Bank of England (BoE) Governor Mark Carney. Carney was speaking in the Economics Affairs Committee in the House of Lords in Britain's parliament on Tuesday. He said that consumer price inflation will decline to around zero in the coming months and stay there for much of the rest of the year. Carney added that decline in consumer inflation was driven by declines in energy and food prices, particularly lower oil prices.

The BoE governor noted it would be "extremely foolish" to ease the monetary policy in an attempt to boost inflation caused by falling oil prices.

The Swiss franc traded lower against the U.S. dollar. Switzerland's unemployment rate remained unchanged at a seasonally adjusted 3.2% in February, in line with expectations. January's figure was revised down from 3.1%.

The New Zealand dollar traded lower against the U.S. dollar. In the overnight trading session, the kiwi traded lower against the greenback in the absence of any major economic reports from New Zealand.

The Australian dollar traded lower against the U.S. dollar. In the overnight trading session, the Aussie traded lower against the greenback after the weak business confidence index from Australia. The National Australia Bank's business confidence index dropped to 0 in February from 3 in January.

The Japanese yen traded higher against the U.S. dollar. In the overnight trading session, the yen traded lower against the greenback. Japan's preliminary machine tool orders climbed to 28.9% in February from 20.4% in January.

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