*Scotland to stay in UK but pound falls on profit-taking. NEW YORK, Sept 19- The dollar gained against a basket of major currencies on Friday, posting its 10th consecutive week of gains, as investors bet U.S. interest rates would rise more quickly than had been expected.» Read More
The Australian dollar rose to a fresh 17-year high on Thursday after the second straight month of stronger-than-expected domestic jobs data fuelled concerns the central bank might increase interest rates in the near term.
New Zealand's central bank raised interest rates on Thursday by a quarter of a point to 8%, the highest among industrialized countries, saying it was worried robust consumer demand would further fuel inflation.
Fading prospects of a rate cut by the Fed and no signs from the European Central Bank that it would continue to tighten monetary policy beyond 2007 lifted the dollar against the euro.
David Reilly, director of portfolio strategy at Rydex Investments, told CNBC’s “Power Lunch” that rising interest rates may take a bite out of equities in the short-term.
Rising rates trump all else this morning as Wall Street braces for a downhill slide on the opening. European markets are broadly lower, continuing their downtrend after the European Central Bank raised interest rates by a quarter point to 4%, as expected. Chinese stocks closed higher and Asia's other markets were mixed.
The European Central Bank raised its core interest rate to 4% from 3.75% Wednesday, as widely expected, but ECB President Jean-Claude Trichet refrained from using the now-familiar phrase "extreme vigilance" to signal further rate hikes.
Inflation hovering around 3% in the United States since 2005 is too high for comfort in the longer term, Cleveland Federal Reserve President Sandra Pianalto said on Wednesday.
The European Central Bank is poised to raise interest rates to 4.0% on Wednesday, the highest level in six years, with investors anxious for clues on the pace of future hikes.
Some on the Street think rate cuts aren't coming, but Cramer said it's too early to tell. Plus, a play on China's nuclear prowess and more.Investing can be confusing. Luckily, Cramer has mapped out some road rules for all you Home Gamers trying to navigate the jungle that is Wall Street. Think of it as "Mad Money 101" –- some fundamental advice to keep in mind as you play the market. Whether you're a first time investor or a seasoned financier, it's always good to remember the basics.
The dollar fell against the euro and yen on Tuesday, dipping below key technical levels after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said the ailing U.S. housing sector may remain a drag on economic growth.
Goldman Sachs abandoned its forecast for three quarters of a percentage point of cuts in benchmark U.S. interest rates this year because of tightness in the labor market and expectations for stronger economic growth, adding it expects no Fed rate cuts in 2008 either.
Richard DeKaser, chief economist at National City Corporation, told CNBC’s “Morning Call” that the worst of the housing slump is over.
The dollar declined broadly as the U.S. currency failed to extend gains after last week's robust jobs data, while demand for currencies linked to rising interest rates strengthened.
May's rally is already running into June, and the momentum could keep going as markets next week focus on the promise of new mergers, Fed-speak, a modest batch of economic data and corporate conferences.
The dollar rose to a seven-week high against the euro, on track for a fifth consecutive week of gains, as strong U.S. jobs and manufacturing data damped expectations of a Federal Reserve interest rate cut this year.
Brian Gendreau, investment strategist for ING Investment Management, told CNBC’s “Closing Bell” that he sees moderate economic growth and moderating inflation ahead, but he warned that the market remains vulnerable.
Despite rumors to the contrary, individual investors are participating in the current market rally. But instead of buying individual stocks, many are putting money into mutual funds--especially those that invest in foreign stocks.
The dollar touched a three-month peak against the yen after a strong report on business activity in the U.S. Midwest, but it failed to sustain gains before key payrolls data due on Friday.
The dollar rose to a seven-week high against the euro as minutes from the Federal Reserve's last meeting reiterated policy-makers' view that inflation remains a top concern.
Every now and then, I like to buck my New York City roots and pretend for a moment that I might be an optimist. It happened this morning, while I was reading the monthly Housing Affordability report from the National Association of Realtors. Apparently, Americans are spending about 22.3% of their monthly incomes on their mortgage payment. That's down from a high of 25.1%, back in July of last year.