The European currency held onto gains to hover near a 1-year highs against the U.S. Dollar on Friday, as equities and commodities advanced on expectations of economic recovery, putting pressure on the greenback. It advanced a 3rd day to $1.4716 and yesterday reached $1.4737, the strongest level since last September. The EUR has gained more than 2.5% this month, riding improved investor confidence and expectations that U.S. rates are likely to stay at rock bottom for some time.

The EUR also traded near a 4 month high versus the Pound before a German report today that may show the pace of decline in producer prices slowed, providing more evidence the 16-nation region's economy is emerging from the recession. The pound traded near its lowest since May as a report yesterday showed the jobless rate in the U.K. rose to the highest since 1995.

The 16-nation currency rose above 98 pence for the first time on Dec. 30. It advanced a third day to $1.4716 and yesterday reached $1.4737, the strongest level since Sept. 25, 2008. The Sterling is likely to weaken in the coming months as the government needs to rein in spending and its central bank is likely to retain an expansionary monetary policy, analysts said.