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  1. #101

    Default Greece Remains Stuck Deep In Recession

    The Greek economy contracted sharply between July and September, marking the ninth consecutive quarter of negative growth, figures showed on Friday.

    The Hellenic Statistical Authority said GDP fell 1.1% compared to three months earlier. That was slower than the 1.5% fall forecast by analysts after the 1.7% drop in the June quarter.

    The statistical office said investment and household consumption had the biggest negative influence on growth.

    On a year-over-year basis, the Greek economy shrank 4.5%, compared to the 4% fall in the June quarter. Economists had predicted a 4.3% drop.

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  2. #102

    Default Eurozone Nov Economic Sentiment Improves

    Eurozone economic confidence rose to 105.3 in November from 103.8 in October, a survey from European Commission showed Monday. The expected reading was 104.9.

    Sentiment in services rose markedly by 2.1 to 10.2 in November, which was the main contributor to the overall improvement. At the same time, confidence in industry improved to 0.9 points.

    Further, confidence among consumers gained momentum in November. The reading was minus 9.4. Meanwhile, retailers' sentiment fell to minus 1.5 from minus 1.1.

    Separately, the commission said business confidence rose to 0.96 from 0.91 in October. The level of the indicator now stays at its highest since December 2007, suggesting that the recovery in industry will continue in the months ahead.

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  3. #103

    Default Dollar Mixed As Markets Weigh Tax Cut Agreement

    The dollar was mixed against other majors on Wednesday, as markets considered the Obama administration's deal to extend Bush-era tax breaks in return for another year of unemployment benefits.

    While low taxes and more government spending may provide a lift to the floundering economic recovery, many are warning that the nation faces the wrath of bond markets unless it grapples with runaway deficits.

    Europe has been forced to deal with its debt problems this year, as the specter of defaults in Ireland, Greece, Spain, and Portugal threatened the viability of the euro.

    The dollar was steady near $1.32 versus the euro this morning. After hitting a 10-month low near $1.4300 in October, the buck improved to $1.2960 as Europe prepared a rescue of Irish debt late in November.

    German exports recorded a surprise fall in October, suggesting the rising euro and waning global demand are starting to hurt firms in Europe's largest economy. Belying expectations for no change, exports dropped 1.1% month-on-month.

    The dollar dropped against the sterling, hitting $1.5795.

    British manufacturers expect production to rise solidly in the next three months on the back of strengthening demand at home and abroad, results of the latest monthly industrial trends survey conducted by the Confederation of British Industry showed Wednesday.

    Meanwhile, the dollar rose to Y84.10 against the yen, staying away from a recent 15-year low of Y80.22.

    U.S. mortgage applications declined slightly last week, following a huge drop the week before, according to a closely watched housing survey, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association's latest survey.

    For the week ending December 3, the Market Composite Index, a measure of mortgage loan application volume, decreased 0.9 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from one week earlier.

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  4. #104

    Default Pound Plummets To Fresh 3-week Low Against Euro

    Extending its recent slide, the pound reached at 0.8540 against the euro around 7:40 am ET Wednesday and this set the lowest level for the domestic unit since November 23. On the downside, 0.86 is seen as the next likely target level for the British sterling. The euro-pound pair is presently trading at 0.8538.

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  5. #105

    Default Euro Mixed Against Majors

    During early European deals on Thursday, the euro showed mixed trading against other major currencies.

    The euro climbed to more than a 3-week low of 108.55 against the yen in Thursday's early European deals at 4:30 am ET. The euro is now worth 108.65 against the yen, compared to yesterday's close of 109.47. On the downside, 108.4 is seen as the next target level for the euro.

    The euro that rose to a 6-day high of 0.8528 against the pound in early European session on Thursday at 3:20 am ET eased thereafter. Currently, the pair is trading near yesterday's close of 0.8516.

    After reaching a high of 1.3153 against the dollar at 2:20 am ET Thursday, the euro fell. The euro-dollar pair is now trading near yesterday's close of 1.3109.

    The euro soared to 1.2518 against the Swiss franc at 2:40 am ET Thursday. Thereafter, the euro-franc pair fell, but rebounded after touching a low of 1.2459 at 3:20 am ET. The pair is presently worth 1.2510, up from yesterday's close of 1.2472.

    Traders are now likely to focus on the New York session, in which the U.S. personal income and spending, durable goods orders, new home sales - all for November, University of Michigan's final report on consumer confidence for December and the weekly jobless claims for the week ended December 18 are slated for release.

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  6. #106

    Default Dollar Wobbles As Unemployment Drops To 9.4%

    The dollar was mixed Friday morning in New York amid the release of government data showing the US unemployment rate dropped to 9.4 percent despite the creation of few jobs than analysts were expecting.

    Modest strength was seen against the euro for a third day, and the buck remained away from multi-decade lows against the Swiss franc and aussie.

    The Labor Department said Non-farm payrolls rose 103,000 in December, helping to drive the unemployment rate down to a year and a half low of 9.4 percent.

    While the headline number on unemployment should give the Obama administration some breathing room, the Federal Reserve will likely focus on the the fact that only 103,000 jobs were generated.

    The Fed is widely expected to support the economy with record low interest rates and asset purchases through the first half of 2011.

    The dollar held near $1.2990 versus the euro, a gain of 0.15 percent.
    Versus the yen, the dollar slipped very slightly to Y83.29, having seen strength in the last few sessions.

    At the same time, the dollar remained firm against the Swiss franc, improving 0.2 percent to CHF 0.9675. The dollar hit a record low near CHF 0.93 earlier this month.

    Eurozone economic growth for the third quarter was downgraded due to bleak investment and weaker-than-expected household spending. The performance of the member countries showed marked divergence, with Germany boosting overall Eurozone growth.

    According to the latest report from the European Union statistical office Eurostat, gross domestic product grew only 0.3% in the third quarter, instead of previously estimated 0.4%. GDP growth slowed from second quarter's 1%.

    German industrial production dropped more than expected in November, reflecting broad-based declines in all industrial groupings.

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  7. #107

    Default Dollar Recovers Against Yen, Euro And Franc

    In European deals on Friday, the U.S. dollar recouped some of its early losses against the currencies of Europe, Japan and Switzerland. The dollar thus recovered from a 1-month low against the euro, 1-week low against the franc and a 9-day low against the yen.

    As of now, the dollar is worth 82.85 against the yen, 1.3360 against the euro and 0.9651 against the franc.

    In a surprise move, the People's Bank of China today raised banks' reserve requirement ratio by 50 basis points.

    It was the seventh such rate hike since 2010. The last hike was on December 10. The central bank said new rates will be effective from January 20.

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  8. #108

    Default Euro Gains As Sovereign Debt Concerns Wane

    The euro held its recent gains against other major currencies on Thursday amid mounting evidence that the monetary union will survive a prolonged sovereign debt crisis.

    It appears for now that Spain and Portugal will not join Greece and Ireland in accepting debt relief from neighbors and the International Monetary Fund.

    The Iberians conducted successful bond auctions earlier this week, allowing central bankers to turn attention to fighting inflation in the euro zone.

    The European Central Bank acknowledged inflationary pressures in Tuesday's interest rate setting announcement.
    While US policy makers are expected to maintain accommodative monetary policy in 2011, the inflation fighters at the ECB will likely tighten if prices continue to rise above their 2 percent target.

    In economic news from the region, Germany's Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology raised its 2011 growth forecast. The ministry now sees 2.3% expansion for Germany this year, faster than the 1.8% growth it had predicted in October.

    Extending this week's strong gains, the euro rose to $1.3537 against the dollar -- its highest level since late November.

    From the US, a Commerce Department report showed a steeper than expected drop in housing starts in the month of December, However, the report also showed a much bigger than expected increase in building permits.

    The euro touched a monthly peak of Y115.15 versus the yen on Tuesday, and was little changed from that mark today.

    The single currency also continued its comeback bid against the Swiss franc, reaching a 5-week high of CHF 1.2996. The euro touched a record low of CHF 1.24 earlier in January.

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  9. #109

    Default Japan Suffers Credit Rating Downgrade

    Standard & Poor's downgraded Japan's sovereign credit rating on Thursday, citing the country's soaring mountain of debt.

    The agency said Japan's debt dynamics were under pressure from various factors and that the debt ratio is likely to rise further than previously envisaged.

    The move took currency markets by surprise and the yen plunged to a six-day low of 83.09 against the dollar.

    The credit rating was cut to AA- from AA, with the outlook on the rating seen as "stable."

    Japan has the highest public debt ratio in the industrialized world, with its gross debt levels approaching 200% of gross domestic product.

    This precarious fiscal position was being further undermined by persistent falling prices, a rapidly aging population, and a lack of coherent government strategy to tackle the issue, the S&P said.

    The S&P forecast only a modest improvement in Japan's finances in the near-term. The fiscal deficit was seen falling from an estimated 9.1% of GDP in the current fiscal year to 8% in the 2013 financial year.

    "In the medium-term, we do not forecast the government achieving a primary balance before 2020 unless a significant fiscal consolidation program is implemented beforehand," the S&P said.

    It criticized Prime Minister Naoto Kan's coalition government for lacking a "coherent strategy" to address the problem, and said it did not expect any material development to emerge from the reviews of the nation's social security and tax systems this year.

    Social security payments alone account for nearly a third of the Japanese government's record $1.1 trillion budget for the 2011 financial year and the agency expects this to swell further as the population ages and the labor force shrinks.

    "The reasons for the downgrade are a timely reminder of the huge economic and financial challenges facing the Japanese government, which may simply not be up to the job," Julian Jessop, chief analyst at Capital Economics said.

    Japan has been suffering from falling exports, a strong yen and almost two years of falling prices.

    The country's economy grew 4.5% on an annualized basis between July and September of last year.

    However, analysts said the relatively strong growth rate was due to one-off factors such as green car subsidies, and the economy is expected to lose momentum in the final three months of 2010.

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  10. #110

    Default Euro Shows Choppy Trading Against Most Majors

    During early European deals on Friday, the euro showed choppy trading against the currencies of U.S., Japan and Switzerland after falling yesterday on ECB President Jean-Claude Trichet's comments.

    Trichet said inflation rates could temporarily increase further in eurozone and are likely to stay slightly above 2% for most of 2011, before moderating again around the turn of the year.

    The European Central Bank retained its key interest for the 21th consecutive month yesterday as the euro area battles rising inflationary pressures amid the resurfacing of the debt crisis in peripheral economies.
    At the Governing Council meeting, the Frankfurt-based central bank led by President Jean-Claude Trichet left the key interest rate unchanged at a record low 1%. The decision was in line with economists' expectations.

    As of now, the euro is worth 1.3642 against the dollar, 111.25 against the yen and 1.2910 against the franc, compared to yesterday's close of 1.3636, 111.37 and 1.2894, respectively.

    Against the pound, the euro moved sideways in Asian deals, but it declined to a 15-day low of 0.8425 at 3:15 am ET as the pound rose on U.K.'s Halifax house price report. However, the euro rebounded soon and the pair is currently trading near yesterday's close of 0.8452.

    Average house prices in the UK rose a seasonally adjusted 0.8% month-on-month in January to GBP 164,173, Halifax said. That was in contrast to analyst expectations for a 0.2% fall. During the three months to January, prices fell 0.7% compared to the preceding three months.

    Unemployment reports from the U.S. and Canada for the month of January are expected to influence trading in the upcoming hours.

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