The dollar and euro both gained against a weaker yen Monday as positive news for the U.S. financial sector boosted appetite for stocks and other riskier trades and helped underpin high-yielding currencies like the New Zealand dollar.
The dollar fell against the yen Friday, as investors shunned risky trades such as stocks and high-yielding currencies after a brokerage downgrade of the top two U.S. home-funding companies, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
The dollar fell to two-week lows Thursday after data showing a much sharper-than-expected contraction in U.S. Mid-Atlantic factory activity this month made investors brace for more Federal Reserve rate cuts.
The dollar erased gains against the euro to trade flat Wednesday after minutes of the Federal Reserve's January monetary policy meeting warned of more risks to the U.S. economic growth outlook.
The high-yielding Australian and New Zealand dollars climbed Tuesday, as gains in global equities and commodities bolstered investor appetite for risky trades, outweighing worries about the health of the financial sector.
The dollar recovered in trade thinned by a U.S. market holiday on Monday, as investors locked in profits following the currency's worst weekly performance of the year so far.
The dollar fell against most major currencies Friday after data showing sharp declines in consumer sentiment and New York area manufacturing rekindled fear that the economy continues to slouch toward recession.
The dollar dipped against the euro and yen Thursday after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said the U.S. economic outlook had worsened and that the central bank would act as needed to support growth.
The dollar rose to a one-month high against the yen Wednesday after government data showed an unexpected rise in U.S. retail sales last month, momentarily dampening views that the U.S. economy is contracting.
The dollar fell against the euro Tuesday but gained on the yen after Warren Buffett said he had offered to assume troubled bond insurers' liabilities, a move that may ease recent credit market turmoil.
The yen rose broadly Monday as investors grew more risk averse, while the euro eked out a small gain against the dollar as the market weighed inflation remarks from monetary policy-makers.
The euro recovered a little Friday but was on track for its biggest weekly fall versus the dollar in 1-1/2 years amid growing expectations the European Central Bank will cut interest rates later this year.
Both the euro and the pound retreated against the U.S. dollar as the Bank of England cut interest rates and the European Central Bank appeared to leave the door open for an eventual reduction.
The dollar edged lower against the yen and the euro Wednesday with investors reluctant to place big bets on currencies ahead of a key interest rate decision from the European Central Bank on Thursday.
The U.S. dollar showed strength on Tuesday against almost all major currencies as the currency market absorbed the dismal ISM data and looked towards a slowdown in Europe.
The euro tumbled broadly Tuesday after dismal euro zone service sector data fedexpectations the European Central Bank also might have to cut interest rates to shore up growth.
The dollar slipped against the euro and edged up against the yen Monday as investors waited to see how major central banks at policy meetings this week will respond to a potential global economic slowdown.
The dollar rose against the euro and sterling Friday after a report showed a gauge of U.S. manufacturing in January was higher than expected, helping the U.S. currency recover after soft labor market data earlier in the session.
The dollar edged higher against the euro Thursday, as dealers cut bets against the U.S. currency a day ahead of the U.S. jobs report for January that may shed light on how close the economy is to recession.
The dollar fell sharply against the euro on Wednesday after the Federal Reserve slashed benchmark interest rates by 50 basis points and said downside risks remain for growth.