The euro declined against the dollar on concern that the risk of a Greek default is increasing borrowing costs for other European countries.
The single currency weakened against the yen before Spain and France offer government securities today.
The New Zealand dollar fell against its U.S. and Japanese counterparts after the central bank left interest rates unchanged and said that the global economy may slow “sharply.”
The U.S. and Japanese currencies rose versus most of their major peers as Asian stocks pared earlier gains.
Italy sold 3.9 billion euros of five-year notes on Sept. 13 at an average yield of 5.6 percent, up from 4.93 percent at the auction on July 14. Demand dropped to 1.28 times the amount on offer, from 1.93 times.
Fitch Ratings downgraded five of Spain’s regions including Andalusia and Catalonia yesterday, saying debt levels are surging and the weak economic recovery will undermine revenue. The country’s regional governments are behind schedule to meet deficit targets, according to data released last week that Moody’s Investors Service said was “credit negative.”
EUR/USD: the pair holds at $1.3700-$ 1.3740.
GBP/USD: the pair holds at $1.5730-$ 1.5775.
USD/JPY: the pair holds Y76.65/Y76.80.
EMU data at 0900GMT should see final August HICP data remain unrevised, while Q2 employment data is due at the same time. Then later, at 1840GMT, ECB President Jean-Claude Trichet is due to host a gala dinner of the Eurofi Financial Forum 2011.