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07.04.2015 15:32

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

The U.S. dollar traded mixed to higher against the most major currencies after the better-than-expected U.S. job openings figures. Job openings climbed to 5.133 million in February from 4.965 million in January. It was the highest level since January 2001.

January's figure was revised down from 4.998 million.

Analysts had expected job openings to rise to 4.978 million.

The euro traded mixed against the U.S. dollar. Concerns over Greece's debt problems continue to weigh on the euro. Greece have to repay the International Monetary Fund (IMF) tranche of 448 million euros on April 09. Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis has said that Greece will make a payment to the IMF on time.

Eurozone' final services purchasing managers' index (PMI) fell to 54.2 in March from a preliminary reading of 54.3. Analysts had expected the final index to remain unchanged at 54.3.

Germany's final services PMI rose to 55.4 in March from a preliminary reading of 55.3. Analysts had expected the final index to remain unchanged at 55.3.

France's final services PMI declined to 52.4 in March from a preliminary reading of 52.8. Analysts had expected the final index to remain unchanged at 52.8.

The Sentix investor confidence index for the Eurozone rose to 20.0 in April from 18.6 in March, missing expectations for an increase to 20.9.That was the highest level since August 2007.

Eurozone's producer price index climbed 0.5% in February, exceeding expectations for a 0.1% increase, after a 1.1% decline in January. January's figure was revised down from 0.9% drop.

The British pound traded lower against the U.S. dollar after the better-than-expected services PMI from the U.K. Markit's and the Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply's services purchasing managers' index (PMI) for the U.K. increased to 58.9 in March from 56.7 in February, beating expectations for a rise to 57.1.

The rise was driven by an increase in new business.

The Swiss franc traded mixed against the U.S. dollar. The Swiss National Bank's foreign exchange reserves increased to 522.323 billion Swiss francs in March from 509.245 billion francs in February. February's figure was revised down from 509.250 billion francs.

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

The Australian dollar traded lower against the U.S. dollar. In the overnight trading session, the Aussie rose against the greenback after the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) kept its monetary policy unchanged. The RBA kept its interest rate unchanged at 2.25%. Analysts had expected this decision.

The RBA might cut its interest rate in coming months. "Further easing of policy may be appropriate over the period ahead," the RBA Governor Glenn Stevens said today.

Retail sales in Australia rose 0.7% in February, exceeding expectations for a 0.4% increase, after a 0.5% gain in January. January's figure was revised up from a 0.4% rise.

The increase was driven by food retailing and household goods retailing.

Job advertisements in Australia dropped 1.4% in March, after a 0.7% rise in February. February's figure was revised down from a 0.9% gain.

The Australian Industry Group's services index fell to 50.2 in March from 51.7 in February.

The Japanese yen traded lower against the U.S. dollar. In the overnight trading session, the yen traded lower against the greenback in the absence of any economic reports from Japan.

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