INTERNATIONAL CURRENCY BUZZ :
- Forex -AUD/USD drops to 2-month lows after mixed Australian data
- Forex -NZD/USD bounces off 1-month trough but gains capped
- Forex -Yen hit 4-1/2 month highs as yuan decline accelerates
The euro rose to the day’s highs against the dollar on Thursday after data showing that the unemployment rate in the region fell to its lowest level in over four years, while economic sentiment unexpectedly improved last month.EUR/USD hit highs of 1.0807, the most since Monday and was last at 1.0846, up 0.64% for the day. The euro zone’s statistical bureau Euro- stat reported that the unemployment rate in the euro area fell to the lowest level in more than four years in November, dropping to 10.5% from 10.6% in November. It was the third straight monthly decline.Another report showed that euro zone economic sentiment unexpectedly improved in December.A survey by Eurostat and the European Commission showed that economic sentiment in the single currency bloc ticked up to 106.8 in December from November’s 106.1, compared to expectations for an unchanged reading.
The pound fell to the lowest levels in five-and-a-half years against the dollar on Thursday as market turmoil in China bolstered safe haven demand for the dollar, while uncertainty over a U.K. referendum on European Union membership also weighed.GBP/USD hit lows of 1.4555, the lowest level since June 2010 and was last at 1.4564, off 0.46% for the day.Risk sentiment was hit after China’s yuan weakened further on Thursday, exacerbating fears over the outlook for the world’s second-largest economy. The People’s Bank of China set its official yuan mid-point rate lower compared with Wednesday’s fix.It was the largest daily drop in the midpoint rate since last August, when an unexpected near 2% devaluation of the currency sparked a broad based selloff in financial markets. A weaker yuan would help boost Chinese exports.
- BUY GBP/USD ABOVE 1.4600 TARGET 1.4620 1.4650 SL 1.4570
- SELL GBP/USD BELOW 1.4560 TARGET 1.4540 1.4510 SL 1.4590