Jobs Data Disappoints, USD Edges Up

on January 26 2010 11:27 PM

The major currency pairs teetered within a close range in the Friday session, whipsawing sharply following the release of the October US unemployment report. The euro slid from above the 1.49-level to a session low at 1.4814 while the yen jumped to 89.62 against the greenback.

The October labor report was worst than expected, with the unemployment rate climbing to a fresh 26-year high at 10.2% versus 9.8% from September. The non-farm payrolls figure revealed a loss of 190k jobs in October, worst than the forecasted loss of 175k jobs from a downwardly revised September reading of 219k jobs lost. The worst than estimated jobs data sent US equity futures lower and pushed the greenback higher on a shift from riskier assets.

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