NEW YORK, Sept 23- The dollar held steady against other major currencies on Tuesday after a flurry of profit-taking that also helped lift the battered euro. The euro, which traded near $1.40 in May, was up 0.06 percent in late New York dealings at $1.286 after trading as high as $1.29, in part on data suggesting improved economic growth in Germany.» Read More
Irked by the relentless ascent of their currency, euro zone finance ministers have decided to target China's yuan as the chief culprit in a quest for fair play on global exchange rates and trade.
A sprinkling of deal news, sinking oil prices and a firmer dollar are in the background as stocks edge higher Tuesday. The big news for markets though will come in the Federal Reserve's meeting minutes, set for release at 2 p.m. ET. The minutes of the September 18 meeting and the August 16 call will be released. Traders are watching for hints of what made the Fed take the aggressive step to slash the Fed funds rate by a half point, greater than the 1/4 point widely expected.
The Fed and the start of earnings season are two big focuses for stocks Tuesday, after Monday's dullish session. The Fed releases minutes of its September 18 meeting and its August 16 call at 2p ET. This time last week, traders would have been digging into those minutes to find any confirmation of their view that rates will be cut again at the Fed's October 31 meeting.
The dollar gained in quiet trade Monday against most major currencies as investors reassessed risk and bet that Friday's sell-off on a U.S. payrolls report was overdone.
The Australian dollar settled around 90 U.S. cents on Monday, after scaling a fresh 23-year peak as investors piled back into riskier assets like higher-yielding currencies and stocks.
The dollar weakened Friday, after dealers decided a relatively solid U.S. employment report was not enough to move the U.S. economy off a slowing path and keep the Federal Reserve from possibly cutting interest rates.
The euro headed higher against the U.S. dollar Thursday, after orders to U.S. factories fell by their biggest amount in seven months and the European Central Bank agreed to keep interest rates steady at 4 percent.
Stocks are striking a slightly positive tone as investors increasingly believe the credit crunch is being worked out. Tomorrow's jobs report for September remains a top focus. The U.S. dollar is barely changed against most currencies but slightly weaker against the euro and British pound after the European Central Bank and the Bank of England left rates unchanged this morning, as expected.
The weakening U.S. dollar's mirror image is the strengthening euro and that has some people concerned about European stocks and the dollar derived earnings of European companies. One of those people would be CNBC's Jim Cramer..
The dollar rose to a 1-month high against the yen on Wednesday, after a report on the U.S. services sector in September reflected growth in employment, boding well for Friday's non-farm payrolls data.
Stocks are waffling and a lot of the talk is focused on Friday's employment report. Traders are also watching this morning's 10 a.m. release of the Institute for Supply Management's non-manufacturing index.
Not since 1990, has there been such a high percentage of foreigners opening their check books to buy U.S. companies (see state below). Today's $8.5 billion offer for Commerce Bank from Canada's TD Bank is just the latest and part of a growing trend of cross border transactions coming from Canada and other countries.
The dollar rose Tuesday from record lows hit during the prior session as investors trimmed overstretched bets against the U.S. currency ahead of key economic data later this week.
Markets around the world rocked on after yesterday's record setting session on Wall Street and U.S. stocks are set to move moderately higher on the open. Merger activity tops the news with an offer from Canada's TD Bank Financial Group's to buy Commerce Bank for $8.5 Billion.
October's normally the month to fear on Wall Street, but it'll be hard to top the scary volatility of the summer. A hefty economic calendar, the start of corporate earnings season, news from the mired housing market, and the continuing unwinding of the credit crunch will keep market volatility high this coming month.
The dollar rose slightly from record lows against the euro Monday as investors cashed out bets against the U.S. currency ahead of a fresh batch of economic data and central bank meetings this week.
The dollar hit another new low Friday, as U.S. inflation data reinforced expectations that the Federal Reserve may cut interest rates again.
European Union Monetary Affairs Commissioner Joaquin Almunia said he was concerned by the dollar's fall and urged the United States to match its stated support for a strong dollar with action.
The dollar fell to record lows Thursday, hit by fresh evidence that a weak housing market could crimp U.S. growth and force the Federal Reserve to cut interest rates again.
The Street is edging toward the end of one of the most volatile quarters in recent memory ... and for all those a bit tired of the excitement, it looks like it might actually have a laid-back and happy ending.