NEW YORK, March 13- The euro rose to 2-1/ 2- year highs against the dollar on Thursday in the wake of the European Central Bank's avoidance of further stimulus, signalling some confidence the region has put recession and its debt crisis behind. Among other major currencies, the New Zealand and Australian dollars surged.» Read More
The dollar fell Wednesday, hitting a one-month low against the yen, after a gauge of the U.S. manufacturing sector last month tumbled to its lowest level since April 2003, increasing expectations for more Federal Reserve interest rate cuts.
The dollar rallied against the euro but slipped against the yen in the final trading day of 2007 Monday, though dealers resisted making big bets until volume increases after New Year's Day.
The dollar fell across the board Friday as data showing a 9 percent decline in sales of new U.S. homes last month heightened concern about the economy, putting the greenback on track for its worst week in more than a year.
The U.S. dollar slid against the euro in thin trade Wednesday while the yen traded near seven-week lows as investors continued to fund carry trades by borrowing the Japanese currency.
Western Europe has long been the most popular getaway for U.S. tourists, but rising airfare and the weak dollar may have Americans traveling to more exotic destinations in 2008.
The dollar fell against the euro in thin trade Wednesday while the yen remained near seven-week lows as investors continued to fund carry trades by borrowing the low-yielding Japanese currency.
The yen dipped to a six-week low against the dollar Monday and fell against the euro as a pre-Christmas equities rally boosted investors' risk appetite.
Instead of beating the drum for the greatness of the single European currency, the last missive was a demand for European companies to quit blaming the strong euro for what are their own mistakes. But some readers took umbrage.
The yen rose broadly on Thursday on worries that the worst from the U.S. subprime mortgage market fallout was yet to come after Bear Stearns recorded its first-ever quarterly loss.
Hedge wise and sleep well. Or, as they say in German: Gut gehedged ist halb gewonnen! Silvia Wadhwa gives her take on the single currency.
Merrill Lynch says fund managers it surveyed in December are more pessimistic about corporate profits than they have been in nearly a decade. Seventy-four percent believe we are in a late cycle phase of business expansion while four percent believe the economy has already entered global recession, the firm says.
The dollar rose against the yen on Tuesday as a modest improvement in risk appetite encouraged investors to buy stocks, but it consolidated versus the euro after recent hefty gains.
The dollar rose against the euro Monday, boosted by year-end transactions and speculation of less aggressive Federal Reserve interest rate cuts after last week's strong U.S. inflation numbers.
This could be one of the least controversial EU summits in recent memory. With the Treaty signed in Lisbon Thursday European leaders seem to have very little left to fight about. Indeed, rather than hanging around until 5:30 this evening, when the Brussels summit was due to wrap, they seem ready to head off for the weekend early.
The same banks that demanded market forces be allowed to work in other indutries are now begging central banks for help.
So they have finally done it! European leaders gathered in Lisbon on Thursday to sign the new European Treaty, which it is hoped will streamline the EU's decision making process.
The yen tumbled and high-yielding currencies posted sharp gains as carry trades regained popularity Wednesday after Federal Reserve and other major central banks announced coordinated measures to ease the money market's liquidity crunch.
Several top central banks including the Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank announced plans to address elevated pressures in short-term funding markets.
Wall Street's post Fed selloff could spill into Wednesday morning as the Street continues to debate why the Fed didn't deliver more interest rate relief, particularly when it's becoming increasingly glum on the economy.