Asian session: The euro headed for a weekly gain versus the dollar
The yen fell as stocks rallied worldwide on optimism European officials will contain the region’s debt crisis, damping demand for Japan’s currency as a refuge.
The euro headed for a weekly gain versus the dollar after European officials eased the terms of loans for cash-strapped nations and expanded aid for Greece.
The yen slid from a four- month high versus the greenback after Japanese Finance Minister Yoshihiko Noda reiterated he’s watching markets closely because the currency’s moves have been “one-sided.”
The dollar rose on speculation President Barack Obama and Republicans are getting closer on an agreement to cut the U.S. budget deficit.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy reiterated support for the euro after a summit yesterday on Europe’s debt crisis closed, saying it’s an “irreplaceable” achievement of the region. He compared the transformation of the bailout to the creation of a “European Monetary Fund.”
The region’s 440 billion euro ($633 billion) European Financial Stability Facility will operate in the secondary markets, aid troubled banks and offer credit lines, European Union leaders said yesterday after the summit.
South Korea’s won climbed to its strongest level in almost three years as the summit spurred demand for higher yields.
EUR/USD: the pair shown low in the field of $1.4380 then started to be restored.
GBP/USD: the pair shown low in the field of $1.6290 then started to be restored.
USD/JPY: the pair grown in Y78.70 area.
At 0900GMT EMU industrial orders data is due for May.
It is a light US data calendar for Friday with just the BLS data at 1400GMT and the Treasury Allotments By Class release at 1900GMT. The BLS
will release two separate reports on Friday. Mass layoff activity in June could be higher as government job cuts continue, as well as some in
manufacturing after supply chain disruptions slowed factory activity in April and May. The numbers for state unemployment rates and payroll will
give some detail to the national employment report, but should not change the overall perceptions of conditions in the labor market.