Unexpectedly strong non-farm payroll data boosted the dollar, despite the cold winter across much of the United States.» Read More
*Ukraine tensions rumble on, gold heads for weekly gains. With the tussle between Ukraine and the West and Russia over Crimea expected to drag on, investors turned their focus to non-farm payrolls due at 1330 GMT, though there was a sense they would still be distorted by the recent icy U.S. weather.
*ECB disappoints bears, euro seen rising to $1.40. LONDON, March 7- The euro's raced to fresh 2014 highs against the dollar on Friday with more gains likely if a key U.S. jobs report reflects the soft patch the world's largest economy has hit due to the cold weather.
Valentin Marinov, director of FX strategy at Citi, says more poor data such as jobs numbers out of the U.S. will hit the dollar.
TOKYO/ SINGAPORE, March 7- The euro held steady near a two-month high against the dollar on Friday, pausing in the wake of a European Central Bank inspired rally, as trade turned cautious ahead of U.S. jobs data.
CARACAS, March 6- Venezuela on Monday will begin operations of a new currency platform designed to ease the OPEC nation's dollar shortages through a market-based mechanism, the country's top economic official said on Thursday.
*Dollar firm versus yen, Ukraine wariness seen capping gains. TOKYO, March 7- The euro hovered near a two-month high against the dollar early on Friday following a relief rally when the European Central Bank left its interest rates unchanged. The euro stood at $1.3860, within a stone's throw of a two-month peak of $1.3873 hit on Thursday just after the ECB decision.
The European Central Bank left interest rates unchanged on Thursday and ECB President Mario Draghi told a news conference that economic conditions in the region did not require shifts in monetary policy, including some that may have driven currency trading away from the euro.
LONDON, March 6- The worldwide investigation into allegations of manipulation in the global currency market took another twist on Thursday, as Bank of America suspended a senior trader in London, a source familiar with the matter said on Thursday.
*Diplomatic talks on Ukraine also weigh on Bunds. LONDON, March 6- German government bond yields rose and the euro hit a 10- week high against the dollar on Thursday after the European Central Bank took no fresh steps to ease monetary policy in the face of persistently low inflation.
CNBC's Simon Hobbs reports on all the market moving events in Europe today, including ECB's Draghi's upbeat comments.
*Stocks rise on efforts to resolve Ukraine crisis. NEW YORK, March 6- World share markets rose on Thursday, supported by hopes diplomatic efforts would cool the crisis in Ukraine, while the euro advanced to its highest level of the year after the European Central Bank signaled its economy needs no additional stimulus.
NEW YORK, March 6- The euro jumped against the dollar on Thursday to its highest since December and to a peak against the yen not seen since Jan. 23 after the European Central Bank signalled no need for new economic stimulus.
PARIS, March 6- BNP Paribas, France's biggest bank, has suspended its head of spot currency trading as part of a long-running global investigation into possible currency market manipulation, the Wall Street Journal said on Thursday, citing unnamed sources.
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The euro added half a cent after the European Central Bank left interest rates unchanged.
LONDON, March 6- The euro inched higher on Thursday as the European Central Bank kept interest rates on hold, shaking out some bets of a cut in base rates to support euro zone growth and weaken returns on the single currency versus its peers. That puts the onus on a news conference by President Mario Draghi starting at 1330 GMT.
Daragh Maher, FX strategist at HSBC, and Stephanie Flanders, chief market strategist for the U.K. and Europe at J.P. Morgan Asset Management, discuss the potential stumbling blocks for sterling's rally.
CNBC's Julia Chatterley reports European Union leaders are gathering to discuss possible sanctions against Russia, such as arms embargo and travel bans.
*Stocks rise on efforts to resolve Ukraine crisis, ECB. LONDON, March 6- World shares rose on Thursday, supported by diplomatic efforts to cool the crisis in Ukraine, while the euro held steady on speculation the European Central Bank would ease monetary policy later in the day.
LONDON, March 6- The euro traded flat on Thursday with players split down the middle on the chances of the European Central Bank taking more steps to support euro zone growth and weaken base returns on the single currency versus its peers.