The European currency rose toward a 9 month high against the U.S dollar before a government report forecast to show French industrial production increased, boosting demand for higher-yielding assets. The EUR extended gains versus the Dollar on Tuesday amid a rise in global stocks and commodities. The currency advanced against the Yen for a 5th day as investors forecast consumer confidence in Japan climbed to 40.2 in August from 39.7 in July, boosting demand for higher-yielding assets.
The EUR is also benefiting from uncertainty about the U.S. economy. The Euro-Zone is likely to see a hike in Interest Rates before the U.S. does. The Euro-Zone currency also advanced as economists said the Paris-based statistics office Insee may report factory output in France gained 0.4% in July after rising 0.3% in June. The data is due Thursday.
The GBP saw a big jump, meanwhile, rising 0.9% against the U.S dollar to trade at $1.6530, as U.K. manufacturing output for July came in much stronger than forecast. The British pound dropped against the Yen for a second day amid speculation the Bank of England (BOE) this week will expand its asset-purchase program, adding to signs the economic recovery will be sluggish. The Bank of England is scheduled to announce its monetary policy decision on Thursday with the central bank widely expected to keep Interest Rates unchanged.