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    Finland's Alexander Stubb Expresses Commitment to the Euro

    May 06 2013 8:32 AM EDT

    The euro traded steadily at $1.31 on Monday morning following last Thursday's European Central Bank interest rate cut. The bank met expectations and cut its already record low interest rate to 0.5 percent. The cut itself put pressure on the euro, but bank President Mario Draghi's press conference following the meeting was the main driver in weakening the currency.

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    ECB Considers Lowering Deposit Rate

    May 03 2013 8:09 AM EDT

    The euro settled at $1.31 on Friday morning after taking a hit on Thursday following the European Central Bank's monthly meeting. The bank lowered interest rates by 0.25 percent on Thursday, causing the euro to waver, however it was Mario Draghi's press conference following the meeting that put the most pressure on the common currency.

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    Euro Hanging on ECB Rate Cut Speculation

    May 02 2013 8:11 AM EDT

    The euro steadied just below Wednesday's two week high ahead of the European Central Bank's meeting. The currency traded at $1.3162 on Thursday morning as investors waited for bank President Mario Draghi's press conference following the meeting for the bank's plan to help pull the region out of the prolonged financial crisis.

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    ECB Rate Cut Could Boost Euro Value

    May 01 2013 9:25 AM EDT

    With the European Central Bank's monthly meeting just a day away, the euro ticked up on rate cut expectations. The common currency neared a two week high on Wednesday and traded at $1.3191.

  • US Economy
    GDP Bag of Tricks

    April 30 2013 8:52 AM EDT

    If you're not happy with the stumbling U.S. economy all you have to do is just wait a few more months. It seems the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) will perform a little hocus pocus on the GDP numbers starting in July 2013. According to the Financial Times, U.S. GDP would become 3% bigger due to the new change in its growth calculations.

  • Decline in Eurozone Economic Confidence Adds to Growing Rate Cut Speculation

    April 30 2013 8:31 AM EDT

    The euro improved on Tuesday morning following positive news that Italy had finally formed a government in the wake of February's inconclusive elections which left the nation without leadership. The common currency ticked up to $1.31 on Tuesday morning after Italian stocks rocketed on Monday in response to the new Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta's naming of a coalition on Saturday.

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    Greece Cuts Nearly 15,000 Jobs to Receive Next Bailout Installment

    April 29 2013 8:15 AM EDT

    The euro traded at $1.30 on Monday morning as the eurozone headed into the week facing several pressures. Growing speculation about the European Central Bank's meeting, scheduled for Thursday, is weighing on the common currency. Most are expecting the bank to cut its record low 0.75 percent interest rate at Thursday's meeting following a string of poor data that showed the eurozone's powerhouse economy, Germany, was being dragged down by the current economic climate.

  • Eurozone to Focus on Structural Reforms

    April 26 2013 8:26 AM EDT

    Rumblings that the euro may have found the light at the end of the tunnel kept the common currency trading steadily at $1.30 on Friday morning as eurozone officials optimistically concluded that no more major problems were foreseen in the near future. Reuters reported that European Central Bank policymaker Yves Mersch said on Wednesday that the botched Cyprus bailout was the lowest he expected any country to fall. His comments reflect the bank's latest promises to slow down fiscal tightening now that the region has resolved immediate issues.

  • Tanzania's Cashew Nut Farmers Riot Over Poor Prices

    April 25 2013 10:03 AM EDT

    Cashew nuts are one of Tanzania’s principal cash crops.

  • ECB President Mario Draghi was in policy hell Thursday after disappointing market-watchers at what was the most anticipated and important press conference of his career as a monetary policy leader.
    ECB Rate Cut Possible, But Not Definite

    April 25 2013 8:11 AM EDT

    The euro ticked up on Thursday morning, reaching $1.3031 despite a disappointing purchasing managers' survey out on Tuesday. The purchasing managers' index remained unchanged from last month's figure, but the steep decline in new orders was worrying for May's results. Most investors were more concerned with Germany's PMI, which indicated that business activity dropped sharply in April.

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    ECB Meeting Preview: Economists Expect Rate Cut, Markets Less So

    April 24 2013 3:27 PM EDT

    The European Central Bank is set to release its interest rate decision next week on Thursday, May 2. However, economists are already talking about a potential rate cut. No less than 10 banks have released notes in the past 24 hours calling for a rate cut, following the weaker than expected German IFO Business confidence survey and PMI release over the past two days.

  • U.S. dollar and other currencies
    Daily Summary on USD, EUR, JPY, GBP, AUD, CAD and NZD

    April 24 2013 2:19 PM EDT

    USD falls with negative durable goods data - Euro trades lower on a combination of German data and possible ECB rate cuts - Sterling edged higher as BoE announces credit stimulus

  • ECB-Gold Reserves Down By 1 Mln Euros In Week To June 15
    LTRO payback calm suggests unconventional ECB steps ahead

    April 24 2013 9:40 AM EDT

    The relaxed view of money markets to the quicker-than-expected repayment of the ECB's LTRO crisis loans suggests many players expect the central bank to delve back into its unconventional policy toolbox before the end of the year.

  • Eurozone PMI Fuels ECB Rate Cut Speculation

    April 24 2013 8:58 AM EDT

    The euro declined on Wednesday in the aftermath of several reports of economic weakness the day before. The common currency was trading at $1.2975 at 8:43 GMT on Wednesday morning, at nearly a two week low. A purchasing manager' survey showed that private sector activity was declining, and Markit Economics announced the region's composite index was 46.5, unchanged from the previous reading.

  • European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso gestures during a joint news conference with Italy's Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi at the end of a meeting at Chigi Palace in Rome
    Barroso Suggests that a Policy Shift is on the Eurozone's Horizon

    April 23 2013 8:17 AM EDT

    The euro traded steadily at $1.30 on Tuesday morning as investors waited for the Spain's latest budget plan, set to be released later this week. The nation's Finance Minister Luis de Guindos said the plan for the next few years will be focused on economic growth rather than deficit reduction.

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    The Euro Begins the Week Among Rate Cut Rumors

    April 22 2013 8:18 AM EDT

    The euro kicked off the week trading at $1.30 on Monday morning as investors prepared for the results of a preliminary purchasing executive survey which could force the European Central Bank to cut interest rates at their next meeting in May.

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    Eurozone Policy Makers Pledge to Slow Down Fiscal Tightening

    April 19 2013 8:52 AM EDT

    The euro received a much needed boost on Friday morning after US data showed that the number of unemployment benefit claims in the nation rose last week. Also weighing on the greenback was a dip in the country's April Mid-Atlantic factory activity. The euro traded at 1.3091 at 9:12 GMT on Friday morning. The euro has been under a lot of pressure recently as one by one struggling members of the bloc began to resist the region's austerity centered recovery efforts. In Italy, an inconclusive election highlighted the country's frustration with the ongoing tax hikes and spending cuts. Protests in Spain and Greece have flooded the streets and at times turned violent.

  • People's Bank of China Deputy Governor Yi Gang
    China Poised To Loosen Grip On The Yuan: Report

    April 18 2013 8:33 AM EDT

    China’s control over the value of its currency could soon be a little less strict, according to a top central bank official.

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    Euro Slides on Possible ECB Rate Cut

    April 18 2013 8:19 AM EDT

    The euro traded at $1.3053 on Thursday morning after falling more than one percent on Wednesday because of rumors that the European Central Bank was planning to cut interest rates in May. According to Reuters, an ECB Governing Council member, Jens Weidmann, made statements indicating that if economic conditions in the eurozone worsen, the bank may cut rates again. Weidmann's insights were a massive blow to the common currency, and European shares also fell to their lowest this year.

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    German Debt Rises to Dangerous Highs

    April 17 2013 8:57 AM EDT

    The euro traded above $1.30 on Wednesday morning, but faced pressure as German concerns threatened to derail the region's progress toward a unified banking system. The common currency traded at 1.3155 at 8:00 GMT on Wednesday. When European Union leaders agreed to create a unified banking system back in December, Germany was always hesitant about accepting the new union with open arms.