The EUR strengthened against most of its major counterparts yesterday, continuing to prove for the time being that this is a solid currency that traders can rely on to provide them with steady profits. The 16 nation currency extended gains versus the USD on Thursday, nearing 1.2940 for the first time in 2 months after the Philadelphia Federal Reserve's business conditions index fell sharply in July. The EUR experienced similar behavior against the JPY and closed up at 113.10.

Weakness in the Philadelphia's Fed's mid-Atlatnic district added to concern about the U.S. economy, which has been heightened in recent days by a clutch of disappointing inflation, manufacturing and retail sales data.

The single currency, which slid below $1.19 in June on euro-zone debt trouble, has since risen by more than 8% after smooth government debt auctions in Greece, Portugal and Spain eased concerns.