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Dollar Set for Biggest Weekly Rise Since Early April

LONDON (Reuters) - The dollar gained on Friday and is set for its biggest weekly rise since early April as the euro weakened after a European Union meeting on Thursday to build a trillion euro emergency fund fell short of satisfying investors’ concerns.

Dollar Set for Biggest Weekly Rise Since Early AprilFILE PHOTO: A U.S. Dollar note is seen in this June 22, 2017 illustration photo. REUTERS/Thomas White/Illustration

Despite the agreement by EU leaders to build a war chest to help recover from the coronavirus pandemic, French President Emmanuel Macron said differences continued between EU governments over whether the fund should be transferring grant money, or simply making loans.

Ulrich Leuchtmann, head of FX strategy at Commerzbank, said the outcome of the meeting reflected the disagreement among the group about resolving a widening crisis in Europe and preventing an escalation in peripheral bond yields.

The euro weakened broadly on Friday, falling 0.4% against the U.S. dollar to a one-month low at $1.07275 and a three-year low versus the yen at 115.55 yen.

The single currency’s losses came in the backdrop of rising Italian yields which rose 5-9 bps across the curve. [GVD/EUR]

With Italy and Spain hit far harder than Germany by the crisis, old enmities have surfaced across a bloc which faces a cut to output as deep as 15% according to the European Central Bank.

Though the outcome of the EU meeting fell short on details on the fund, specifically in terms of how it will be financed or whether it will be linked to the EU budget, some analysts took heart from the fact that the meeting didn’t break up in acrimony.

The euro’s losses sent the greenback on track for its biggest weekly rise since early April. Against a basket of its rivals, the dollar was up 0.2% at 100.72. On a weekly basis, it has strengthened more than 1%.

Preliminary goods-orders data in the United States and a German business sentiment survey due later on Friday are unlikely to improve investors’ mood, with any global recovery expected to be slow and patchy.

The Aussie and kiwi each shed about 0.2%, holding the kiwi below 60 cents at $0.5996 and the Aussie at $0.6359, beneath resistance around 64 cents per dollar.

Reporting by Saikat Chatterjee; Additional reporting by Tom Westbrook in SINGAPORE; editing by Nick Macfie

Source: Reuters

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