Euro hits nearly two-week high versus dollar

NEW YORK Mon Nov 19, 2012 9:24pm IST

A statue of Ganesh, the deity of prosperity, is carried in a taxi to a place of worship on the first day of the ten-day-long Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Mumbai August 29, 2014. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Ganesh Chaturthi Festival

During Ganesh Chaturthi idols will be taken through the streets in a procession accompanied by dancing and singing, and will be immersed in a river or the sea in accordance with Hindu faith.  Slideshow 

NEW YORK Nov 19 (Reuters) - The euro rose on Monday to its highest level against the dollar in nearly two weeks on optimism that Greece will receive its next tranche of aid and optimism that U.S. lawmakers will reach a deficit-reduction deal by the end of the year.

The euro hit a high of $1.2819, its highest since Nov. 7. It last traded at $1.2814, up 0.6 percent on the day, according to Reuters data.

Risk appetite was broad-based, with world stock markets rallying as well.

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