*Dollar firm versus yen, Ukraine wariness seen capping gains. TOKYO, March 7- The euro hovered near a two-month high against the dollar early on Friday following a relief rally when the European Central Bank left its interest rates unchanged. The euro stood at $1.3860, within a stone's throw of a two-month peak of $1.3873 hit on Thursday just after the ECB decision.» Read More
For the week ending Friday, August 1, 2008, the markets finished relatively flat after a turbulent week that saw 4 straight days of triple-digit moves on the Dow. An early rally was dampened by weak economic data including weaker-than-expected GDP numbers and a rise in the unemployment rate.
The dollar first extended and then trimmed gains versus the euro Friday after a report showed manufacturing activity in the U.S. was better than expected in July.
The dollar fell Thursday as news of a surprise jump in U.S. weekly jobless claims and below-forecast economic growth in the second quarter reduced prospects for Federal Reserve interest rate hikes this year.
The dollar rose broadly Wednesday as a report showing that U.S. private sector unexpectedly added jobs in July raised prospects of an improvement in non-farm payrolls data Friday.
The dollar surged to a one-month high on Tuesday as a sharp drop in crude oil prices and an unexpected rise in U.S. consumer confidence in July buoyed demand for riskier assets and sparked a rally on Wall Street.
The dollar eased Monday as persistent worries over the financial sector cast a pall over the health of the U.S. economy despite last week's upbeat housing and consumer sentiment data.
There could be some potential downside to the euro-dollar cross, ahead of the U.S. non-farm payrolls on Friday, forecasts Sean Callow, senior currency strategist at Westpac Bank. CNBC's Martin Soong & Amanda Drury find out more.
For the week ending Friday, July 25, 2008, the markets closed mixed for the week, on negative housing data, and mixed earnings results. An early rally in financial and airlines stocks, supported by the continued slide in oil prices, was quickly wiped away by ongoing uncertainty in the economy. The Dow dropped more than 280 points on Thursday, marking the worst one day point drop in over a month. However, Friday saw a slight rebound on strong durable goods and a bounce back in consumer sentiment. Only the Nasdaq finished slightly up 1.2% for the week. The Dow and S&P finished down 1.09% and 0.23%, respectively.
The U.S. dollar rose against the Japanese yen on Friday, after a trio of better-than-expected data injected a dose of optimism aboutthe U.S. economy.
The dollar dropped against the yen Thursday, dragged down by disappointing news in the U.S. housing sector and steep losses on Wall Street.
The dollar hit a one-month peak against the yen and a two-week high against the euro Wednesday, getting support from a slide in oil prices and a recovery in risk appetite.
The dollar rallied sharply on Tuesday, boosted by a steep drop in oil prices and comments from a Federal Reserve official suggesting that U.S. interest rates may have to rise even before financial markets recover.
The dollar slipped on Monday, losing some of its recent momentum, after better-than-expected earnings from Bank of America failed to convince investors that the worst for the U.S. financial sector is over.
For the week ending Friday, July 18, 2008, the U.S. markets saw extreme volatility yet settled higher on better-than-expected earnings results, a pullback in crude oil, and an indication that the Fed will hold interest rates steady. Nonetheless, the Dow had its best week since April 18 and its best 3-day percent gain since March 2003 even after closing below 11,000 for the first time since July 2006.
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The dollar rose against a basket of six major currencies on Friday, boosted by news Citigroup posted a smaller-than-expected loss in the second quarter, further calming fears about the health of the U.S. financial sector.
A quick, decisive, Fed-led program of dollar purchasing would stabilize the currency and re-set levels for the 40-plus nations pegged against it. It would bring oil prices down by an estimated 20 to 30 percent.
The dollar fell against the euro on Thursday as U.S. data on construction and jobless benefits delivered a mixed picture, while major American banks reported better-than-expected earnings.
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Some of the world's largest sovereign wealth funds are seeking to scale back their exposure to the U.S. dollar in a sign of global concern about the currency, the Financial Times reported on its online site.