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The U.S. dollar traded mixed to lower against the most major currencies after the JOLTS report in the U.S. The Bureau of Labor Statistics in the U.S. released the JOLTS report today. Job openings rose to 4.67 million in June from the 4.577 million job openings, missing expectations for an increase to 4.74 million job openings. That was the highest level since February 2001.
May's figure was revised down from 4.635 million job openings.
Investors continued to monitor closely the situation in Ukraine and Iraq. Russia sent 280 trucks carrying humanitarian aid to Southeast Ukraine.
Iraqi President nominated a new Prime Minister but Nuri al-Maliki, the current Prime Minister, has refused to go.
The euro declined against the U.S. dollar due to the weaker-than-expected economic sentiment from the Eurozone, but later recovered a part of its losses. The ZEW Centre for Economic Research released its economic sentiment index for Germany and the Eurozone. The economic sentiment index for Germany plunged to 8.6 in August from 27.1 in July. That was the lowest level since December 2012. Analysts had expected a decline to 18.2.
The drop was driven by geopolitical tensions.
Eurozone's ZEW economic sentiment index fell to 23.7 in August from 48.1 in July. Analysts had expected a decrease to 41.3.
The British pound increased against the U.S. dollar in the absence of any major economic reports in the UK.
The New Zealand dollar dropped to a 2-month low against the U.S dollar due to decreasing demand for risk-related assets as geopolitical tensions in Iraq and Ukraine weighed on markets. But the kiwi recovered a part of its losses in the European trading session.
Real Estate Institute of New Zealand released its housing price index on Tuesday. The index declined 0.7% in July, after a 0.3% fall in June.
The Australian dollar traded slightly higher against the U.S. dollar. The National Australia Bank's business confidence index climbed to 11 in July from 8 in June.
House price index in Australia increased 1.8% in the second quarter, exceeding expectations for a 1.1% rise, after a 1.5% gain in the first quarter. The first quarter's figure was revised down from a 1.7% increase.
The Japanese yen traded higher against the U.S. dollar due to safe-haven demand. In the overnight trading session, some economic data was releases in Japan. Japan's industrial production decreased 3.4% in June, missing expectations for a 0.5% rise, after a 3.3% decline in May.
On a yearly basis, industrial production in Japan rose 3.1% in June, after a 3.2% increase in May.
Japan's corporate goods price index (CGPI) increased 4.3% in July from a year earlier. That was the 16th straight gain but the pace of rise slowed.
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