The EUR strengthened against most of its major currencies yesterday as gains in stocks and commodities prompted investors to wade into riskier currency trades. The 16 nation currency extended gains to hit a near one-year high against the dollar and closed at around 1.4714. The EUR experienced similar behavior against the CHF as the pair rose from 1.5150 to 1.5195 by day's end.

The EUR was affected by the global stock market rally and the bearish Dollar. The U.S. stock market rally led investors to buy-back into the EUR, as they looked for returns on buying commodity-linked and higher-yielding currencies in Wednesday's trading.

The Sterling extended losses against the EUR and JPY yesterday, after U.K. unemployment jumped to the highest level since 1995 as the recession destroyed work in industries from banking to construction, stoking concerns about the pace of recovery in the British economy. The GBP was also down 0.8% against the EUR at 0.8920.

Looking ahead to today, the most important economic indicator scheduled to be released from Britain is the Retail Sales report at 8:30 GMT. Analysts are forecasting this figure to decrease from its previous reading. Traders will be paying close attention to today's announcement as a better than expected result may boost the GBP in the short-term. Traders are also advised to follow the Trade Balance figures coming out of Euro-Zone at 9:00 GMT, as this result may set the EUR's main currency crosses going into today's trading.