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  • NEW YORK, Dec 19- The U.S. dollar hit its highest level against major currencies in over 8-1/ 2 years on Friday on diverging monetary policy between the Federal Reserve and other major central banks, and bullish dollar positions heading into the end of the year. The euro hit a 28- month low against the greenback, while the dollar hovered near a 28- month high against...

  • Dollar index highest since 2009 Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 11:29 AM ET

    The U.S. dollar rose against major currencies for a third session on diverging monetary policy between the Federal Reserve and other central banks.

  • The euro hovered near a 28- month low against the greenback, while the dollar touched a more than one-week high against the yen in a continuation of dollar strength on the back of the Fed's hints at tighter monetary policy on Wednesday and looser policies in Europe, Japan and Switzerland. "Looking into 2015, the prospect of European Central Bank quantitative...

  • LONDON, Dec 19- Traders who bought emerging market currencies at the start of 2014 could still be in profit, as long as they didn't fund their investment with U.S. dollars. A basket of emerging currencies excluding the Russian rouble, tracked by UBS, had fallen 8.6 percent against the dollar year-to-date by Dec. 16. "A lot of the headlines about EM currency weakness...

  • LONDON, Dec 19- The euro fell towards recent 28- month lows against the dollar on Friday, as the European Central Bank moved towards a fully-fledged government buying programme to kickstart the economy. The euro fell to $1.2253, close to 28- month lows of $1.2247 struck on Dec. 8. "The current measures from the ECB, like the targeted long term refinance operations, are...

  • MOSCOW, Dec 19- Russia's rouble strengthened on Friday after Finance Minister Anton Siluanov confirmed his ministry had sold foreign currency, and on expectations that exporters will increase dollar sales. At 1110 GMT, the rouble was around 2.2 percent stronger at 60.13 to the dollar, and had gained 2.6 percent to trade at 73.77 to the euro.

  • TOKYO, Dec 19- The safe-haven yen was on the back foot on Friday, as risk assets staged a broad recovery and investors awaited a press conference by the head of the Bank of Japan after the central bank held policy steady. "The focus still remains on broader risk appetite, the continued fall in commodity prices, in particular oil, and the divergent monetary policies of...

  • TOKYO, Dec 19- The safe-haven yen was on the back foot on Friday, as risk assets staged a broad recovery and investors awaited the outcome of a Bank of Japan meeting. The dollar added 0.2 percent against the yen to buy 119.06 yen, while the euro tacked on 0.2 percent to 146.21 yen. BOJ Governor Haruhiko Kuroda will likely repeat calls for firms to increase wages at his...

  • Dollar edges higher in wake of Fed statement Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 4:28 PM ET

    The U.S. dollar rose against major currencies for a second session on Thursday after the Federal Reserve's signals that it could hike rates soon.

  • The greenback hit a 28- month high against the Swiss franc at 0.9847 franc after the Swiss National Bank said it would impose an interest rate of -0.25 percent on some large deposits held by investors in francs, as it seeks to discourage buying of the currency as a safe haven. The euro hit its lowest level against the dollar since Dec. 8, at $1.2266, while the dollar...

  • FOREX-Interest rate cut shocks Swiss franc lower Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 8:00 AM ET

    LONDON, Dec 18- The Swiss franc hit a 28- month trough against the dollar and also fell against the euro on Thursday after the Swiss National Bank said it would introduce negative interest rates to stop further currency appreciation. Against the dollar, the franc fell to 0.9848 francs, a level not seen since August 2012, before recovering to 0.97865 francs, down 0.6...

  • LONDON, Dec 18- The Swiss franc hit its lowest against the dollar in more than two years, and touched a two-month trough against the euro, on Thursday after the Swiss National Bank said it would introduce negative interest rates. The Swiss franc weakened to as much as 1.2098 francs per euro on trading platform EBS, pulling away from the SNB's three-year old cap of...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 17- The U.S. dollar rallied against major currencies after the Federal Reserve's latest policy statement and comments from Fed Chair Janet Yellen signaled the central bank was on track to hike rates next year. The euro was last down 1.28 percent against the dollar at $1.2346 after hitting $1.2322, its lowest level against the greenback since Dec. 9.

  • Dollar pares gains after Fed statement Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 2:08 PM ET

    The dollar pared gains against major currencies on Wednesday after the Fed said there remains "considerable time" before an interest rate hike.

  • Could Greece leave the euro?  Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 4:20 AM ET

    Ahead of Greece's MPs holding a presidential vote today, Miranda Xafa, CIGI senior scholar and CEO of EF Consulting, comments on Greece's possibility of leaving the euro if its next government messes up negotiations with the Troika.

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    The U.S. dollar slipped against major currencies on Tuesday on expectations that the Federal Reserve would take a cautious tone.

  • Russian rate hike fails as ruble crumbles Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 11:19 AM ET
    A man walks past a money exchange office as it is reported that the Russian rouble has weakened, on October 22, 2014 in Moscow, Russia.

    Emergency measures by the Russian central bank Monday night looked to have fallen short within hours of their announcement.

  • MOSCOW, Dec 16- The rouble plunged more than 10 percent for the second day on Tuesday and recorded its worst fall since the Russian financial crisis in 1998 as confidence in the central bank evaporated after an ineffectual overnight rate hike. It was more than 15 percent weaker versus the euro at 92.99, dragged lower against both currencies by falling oil prices,...

  • *Crown falls to 4- yr low after Sweden holds rates. LONDON, Dec 16- The yen hit a one-month high against the dollar and the euro on Tuesday as investors bought safe-haven currencies amid a slide in oil prices that has triggered a bout of volatility across asset classes. Analysts say a deeper economic contraction in Russia will have a negative impact on global growth,...

  • MOSCOW, Dec 16- The rouble hit a new record low against the euro on Tuesday and trimmed gains against the dollar after an overnight rate hike by Russia's central bank failed to bolster the currency for long as oil prices dropped sharply. The rouble opened around 9 percent stronger against the dollar following the 650 basis point rate hike, but then fell back in...