The U.S. dollar hovered just below a fresh 11-year peak, as rising Treasury yields helped it prevail against the euro in a choppy session.» Read More
German retail sales posted their steepest decline in October since a value-added tax increase sent them plunging at the start of the year, in a sign that consumers are increasingly worried about higher energy and food prices.
The dollar rallied against most major currencies Thursday, buoyed by demand from U.S. corporations seeking to square their books by the end of the month.
The bad news that was scaring the markets has, for now, become the good news. Remember Monday. Things were dire. The major stock indexes were in a tailspin, sinking to a level 10% from October's highs, technically a correction. But that's all changed, and in part it's because the markets are now convinced the Fed recognizes what ails it.
The dollar rallied to one-week highs against the euro, the yen and the Swiss franc Wednesday with investors betting the U.S. currency's recent slump to multiyear lows had gone too far.
China could be moving in the direction advocated by Europe of a stronger yuan, European officials said. The ECB and the People's Bank of China would set up a working group at once to examine currency issues.
The euro's rise against the yuan is largely a reflection of a sharp drop in the dollar, and the European Union should look to Washington to resolve the problem, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said on Wednesday.
Consumer confidence in Germany fell for the fourth consecutive month despite the end-of-the-year holiday season, driven by fears surrounding the strong euro and high prices, according to a survey released Wednesday.
Tuesday's market action was the mirror opposite of Monday's mayhem. The Dow rose 215 points, or 1.69%. Money poured into the financial stocks. The credit markets calmed down, and 10-year Treasury futures traded near record volume but in a fairly tempered way. The dollar rallied. All this started with news Abu Dhabi Investment Authority was investing $7.5 billion in Citigroup.
The dollar rose against most major currencies Tuesday after Citigroup Inc. said it will sell a $7.5 billion stake to the Abu Dhabi government, restoring some confidence in battered U.S. banks.
China and the 13 countries using the single European currency agreed on Tuesday to cooperate to reduce global economic imbalances while heading off lurches in exchange rates.
The comments of Fed officials this week could be the balm the markets need, but they could just as easily prove to be the source of more anxiety.
The dollar was little changed against the euro and down against the yen Monday with investors finding few reasons to change their view that more Federal Reserve interest rate cuts are imminent.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy called publicly on Chinese President Hu Jintao to let the yuan rise more swiftly against the euro.
Stocks closed higher in a shortened session as the kickoff to the holiday shopping season lifted retail stocks, while signs of progress in a plan to relieve credit market strain helped major banking stocks.
The euro set a fresh record high against the dollar early Friday, though the $1.50 level remained out of reach when the euro was knocked more than a cent off its peak by comments from a euro zone policymaker.
Growth in the euro zone's dominant services sector fell more than expected to a 27-month low in November as new orders slipped but manufacturing industry staged an unanticipated rebound, a key survey showed on Friday.
Danes will get a new chance to adopt the euro in a referendum, the prime minister said Thursday.
European shares are expected to edge higher on Friday, following a mostly upbeat session in Asia but gains will likely be tempered as investors wait for U.S. markets to reopen after a public holiday.
The dollar hit new record lows against the euro, the Swiss franc and a basket of currencies on Thursday on growing belief that the U.S. Federal Reserve will cut interest rates again next month.
The strength of the euro, at a record high versus the dollar, is becoming a problem for Europe's exporters, the president of the European Commission said on Thursday.