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The Dollar strengthened versus most majors as US stocks fell after Nonfarm Productivity contracted to 8.1% vs. the 8.5% expected and despite the number of unemployed that dropped to the smallest lowest since March 2008 coming at 457K. In addition, Unit Labor Costs dropped to -2.5%. NASDAQ and Dow Jones decreased by 0.54% and 0.84% respectively. Crude oil weakened by 0.2% closed at 76.46$ a barrel and Gold (XAU) rose by 0.4% closed at 1217.4$ an ounce. Today, Non-Farm Payrolls is expected at -119K vs. -190K prior and Unemployment Rate is expected to remain at 10.2%.
The Euro approached a 16-month high versus the Dollar after Trichet said in Frankfurt the ECB will charge a variable rate instead of a fixed 1% for one-year loans offered this month. The Euro later fell versus the Dollar as US stocks fell. Overall, EUR/USD traded with a low of 1.5041 and with a high of 1.5140. Interest rate remains unchanged at 1%.
EUR/USD - Last: 1.5059