Euro Lifts, Dollar Slips, Iran Cracks Down


China grows, Spain sells bonds, rating agencies predict a Greek default - it's time for your FX Fix.

Both Standard & Poor's and Fitch predicted that Greece will go through an orderly default. [CNBC]

A strong investor sentiment survey in Greece, a decent debt auction by Spain, and robust economic data from China all gave the euro a lift. [CNBC]

Even though Standard & Poor's cut its credit rating on the European bailout fund, encouraging data from Europe and China pushed the dollar lower. [RTT]

China's fourth-quarter GDP growth of 8.9 percent lifted the Australian and New Zealand dollars. [CNBC]

Tighter correlations between currencies and other assets are drawing the interest of hedge funds and some macro investors. [WSJ]

In a bid to stem the rial's steep slide, Iran sent police into the streets to crack down on informal currency trading. [WSJ]



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