FOREX: weekly review
On monday the yen fell against all its major counterparts as radiation levels that can prove fatal were detected at a damaged nuclear power plant in Japan amid signs the global economic recovery is gaining momentum elsewhere.
The euro erased losses against the dollar after European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet said inflation rates that stick above 2% would be a concern.
Canada’s currency was the best performer against the dollar as crude oil traded near a two-week high amid concern renewed violence in Libya may further disrupt supplies.
On Tuesday the yen fell to the lowest level in 10 months against the euro on speculation central banks in Europe and the U.S. are closer to removing stimulus as the global economy recovers.
Japan’s currency weakened against all of its major counterparts as the European Central Bank member Jozef Makuch said it is “highly probable” that the bank will raise interest rates next week. St. Louis Federal Reserve President James
The euro pared losses against the dollar after U.S. consumer confidence dropped to a three-month low of 63.4, according to the Conference Board’s confidence index.
The shared currency’s strength was unfazed against the yen as Standard & Poor’s Ratings services lowered Portugal’s sovereign credit ratings to BBB-/A-3. BBB- is the lowest investment grade. Greece was also cut by S&P to BB- from BB+ and its outlook remains negative.
On Wednesday the yen fell to almost a three-week low versus the dollar amid demand for higher-yielding assets.
The Japanese currency weakened for a fifth straight day against the dollar as a private report showed U.S. companies added 201,000 jobs in March, fueling speculation the Federal Reserve may curtail its debt buying.
The private report precedes the Labor Department’s nonfarm payroll numbers to be released April 1. U.S. payrolls added 190,000 in March, according to the median estimate of economists.
On Thursday the euro strengthened against the dollar and the yen after euro-region inflation unexpectedly accelerated in March, bolstering the case for the European Central Bank to raise interest rates next week.
Inflation in the 17-nation euro region quickened to 2.6% in March from 2.4% in February, European Union estimates showed today. That’s the fastest pace since October 2008, and exceeds the ECB’s 2% limit for a fourth month.
On Friday the dollar pared gains against the euro after New York Fed President William Dudley said not to be “overly optimistic about the growth outlook.”
Nonfarm payrolls rose by 216,000 in March and unemployment fell to a two-year low. The unemployment rate fell to 8.8 percent from 8.9 percent in February.