LONDON, Aug 21- The euro recovered from a 11- month low against the dollar on Thursday after better-than-expected German private sector growth data, although gains were limited given the numbers did little to alter expectations of more monetary stimulus.» Read More
Oil prices jumped nearly $6 to above $141 a barrel Thursday amid threats to production in Nigeria and Brazil and as additional missile tests by Iran escalated tensions with the West.
The U.S. dollar fell against a basket of currencies on Thursday, weighed down by renewed credit worries after shares in major mortgage finance sources Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac tumbled on capital concerns.
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The dollar fell Wednesday as news that Iran test-fired nine missiles halted oil's steep drop and unsettled Wall Street stocks, with investors concerned about the impact of soaring energy prices on the fragile economy.
Oil prices regained ground and headed above $137, but still were below session highs, despite a larger-than-expected draw in crude inventories.
South Korea plans to allow state firms to borrow more abroad, the latest in a series of policy flip-flops in recent months that analysts say could undermine already weakening confidence among investors toward the country.
Oil tumbled to near $136 on Tuesday as the dollar gained and concern eased over an Atlantic hurricane.
The dollar rebounded broadly on Tuesday, lifted by comments from Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, who said the central bank is willing to keep its emergency lending facility open beyond the end of the year for big Wall Street firms.
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South Korea's foreign exchange authorities followed up on morning dollar sales to lift the won, selling a further $500 million in the afternoon on Tuesday and bringing the day's intervention to as much as $2 billion, traders said.
The dollar fell against the euro and erased gains versus the yen Monday as U.S. stocks deepened losses on worries about the credit crisis and the health of the financial sector.
Oil dropped almost $4 a barrel on profit-taking and signals that Iran will be more flexible in negotiations over its nuclear program.
The almighty dollar is mighty no more. It has been declining steadily for six years against other major currencies, undercutting its role as the leading international banking currency. The long slide is fanning inflation at home and playing a major role in the run-up of oil and gasoline prices everywhere.
Oil dropped below $145 a barrel on Friday, but was still within sight of record highs reached in the previous session when traders bought into the market ahead of a holiday weekend in the United States.
The euro hit a one-week lows versus the dollar on Friday, deflated after the European Central Bank signalled it wasn't planning another rate rise and as U.S. jobs data did not deliver a big downside surprise.
For the short Independence week ending Friday, July 3, 2008, the U.S. Markets ended the week in bear market territory with the Dow and the NASDAQ off more than 20% from their market peak set in October, 2007.
Stocks enjoyed an upbeat session after a not-horrible jobs report but both the Dow and Nasdaq ended the holiday-shortened week in bear-market territory.
Oil futures closed trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange at a record above $145 a barrel, setting their third all-time high in as many consecutive days.
The dollar rallied on Thursday after U.S. payroll data suggested the job market was not as dire as many investors had feared while the European Central Bank president struck a less aggressive tone on prospects for rate hikes.