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01.09.2014 15:33

Foreign exchange market. American session: the U.S. dollar traded mixed against the most major currencies, with markets in the U.S. closed for a public holiday

The U.S. dollar traded mixed against the most major currencies in quiet trade. Tensions over Ukraine continued to weigh on markets.

U.S. markets are closed for the Labor Day holiday on Monday.

The euro traded mixed against the U.S. dollar. Mixed economic data from the Eurozone weighed on the euro. Eurozone's final manufacturing purchasing managers' index (PMI) fell to 50.7 in August from 50.8 in July. Analysts had expected the manufacturing PMI to remain unchanged.

German final manufacturing PMI dropped to 51.4 in August from 52.0 in July. Analysts had expected the manufacturing PMI to remain unchanged.

French final manufacturing PMI rose to 46.9 in August from 46.5 in July.

German gross domestic product (GDP) declined 0.2% in the second quarter, in line with expectations.

On a yearly basis, German GDP increased 0.8% in in the second quarter, in line with expectations.

Investors have concerns that sanctions against Russia would have a negative impact on the economic growth in the Eurozone.

The British pound traded mixed against the U.S. dollar after the mixed economic data from the UK. The U.K. manufacturing purchasing managers' index fell to 52.5 in August from 54.8 in July. That was the lowest reading for 14 months. July's figure was revised down from 55.4

Mortgage approvals in the UK decreased to 66,569 from a revised 67,085 in June. Analysts had expected 66,000 approvals.

Net lending to individuals in the UK climbed to £3.4 billion in July from £2.5 billion in June, beating expectations for a decline to £2.4 billion in July.

The Swiss franc traded mixed against the U.S. dollar. The Swiss manufacturing PMI declined to 52.9 in August from 54.3 in July, missing expectations for a fall to 53.8.

The New Zealand dollar traded mixed against the U.S dollar. In the overnight trading session, the kiwi rose against the greenback due to the strong overseas trade data from New Zealand. New Zealand's overseas trade index climbed 0.3% in the second quarter, after a 1.8% increase in the first quarter. Export volumes dropped 5.3%, while import volumes gained 3.6%.

The Australian dollar traded mixed against the U.S. dollar. In the overnight trading session, the Aussie traded higher against the U.S. currency despite the weaker-than-expected economic data from Australia. Company operating profits in Australia fell 6.9% in the second quarter, missing expectations for a 1.8% drop, after a 2.0% rise in the first quarter. The first quarter's figure was revised down from a 3.1% gain.

The Australia Industry Group released its manufacturing index for Australia. The index decreased to 47.3 in August from 50.7 in July. The figure below the mark of 50 means contraction.

The Japanese yen traded mixed against the U.S. dollar. Capital spending in Japan rose 3.0% in the second quarter, after a 7.4% increase in the first quarter.

01.09.2014 15:20

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