NEW YORK, March 14- Growing tension between the West and Russia ahead of Ukraine's weekend referendum in Crimea pushed down stocks on major world markets on Friday and drove up buying of safe-haven gold and the yen.» Read More
The dollar gained against the euro and yen Friday as rising equity markets calmed investors, prompting a few to edge back into relatively risky carry trades.
The dollar dropped Thursday after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke told a congressional committee that more interest rate cuts may be necessary and that the U.S. economic outlook has worsened.
The euro plunged against the U.S. dollar after a European Central Bank official told Bloomberg News the central bank may revise down its euro zone growth forecasts for 2008.
The dollar Tuesday fell to its lowest against the yen since June 2005 and extended declines against the euro after U.S. retail sales data provided further evidence an economic slowdown was spreading to the consumer.
The dollar dropped to a record low versus the Swiss franc and seven-week lows against the euro and yen on Monday as concern that weak U.S. corporate earnings will prompt more interest rate cuts weighed on the currency.
The yen strengthened across the board on Friday as global equity markets sagged on renewed fears that the U.S. financial sector may suffer even more losses, diminishing investors' risk appetite.
The euro climbed across the board Thursday, after European Central Bank President Jean Claude-Trichet flagged more interest rate increases in the euro zone, citing lingering inflation pressures.
The dollar climbed Wednesday following comments from a Federal Reserve official who said it would be a mistake to say a U.S. recession is at hand.
The yen retreated across the board Tuesday as investors waded back into risky carry trades, sparked by gains in global equities and a rise in commodity prices.
The dollar edged upward against the euro and the pound Monday as markets pondered whether rising inflation in the euro zone and Britain may bring interest-rate changes later this week.
The dollar fell Friday after a December report showing the weakest jobs growth since August 2003 fueled fears of a recession and increased the likelihood of an aggressive rate cut by the Federal Reserve later this month.
The dollar was largely unchanged against the euro and yen Thursday, erasing overnight losses after a report showed enough U.S. private sector job growth to ease fears about Friday's payrolls data.
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.
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.
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.
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.