October 13, 2017 / 7:14 AM / in 7 days

FOREX-Euro set for biggest weekly rise in a month; ECB eyed

* Dollar struggles on cautious Fed, subdued U.S. yields

* Graphic: World FX rates in 2017 tmsnrt.rs/2egbfVh

By Saikat Chatterjee

LONDON, Oct 13 (Reuters) - The euro edged higher on Friday, on track for its biggest weekly rise in a month as investors switched focus from the euro zone’s political concerns to its brightening economic outlook.

Appetite for the single currency was also supported by strong Chinese trade data for September and a weakening dollar following cautious comments from U.S. policymakers.

“If the European economic recovery continues and the ECB pushes ahead with policy normalisation, we will see the euro trade above 1.30 within 18 months or so,” said Kit Juckes, an FX strategist at Societe Generale in London.

The single currency was trading 0.1 percent higher at $1.1839 on Friday. It has gained 1 percent so far this week, putting it on course for its biggest rise since the week of Sept. 9.

European Central Bank policymakers broadly agreed to extend asset purchases at a lower volume at their October policy meeting with views converging on a nine-month extension, five people with direct knowledge of the discussion told Reuters.

The dollar was set for its biggest weekly drop in more than a month as U.S. Treasury yields stayed near recent lows before U.S. inflation data.

The dollar index, which tracks the currency against a basket of six major peers, was 0.1 percent lower at 92.970, and poised to shed 0.9 percent for the week.

The index had risen to a 10-week peak of 94.267 last Friday after robust U.S. wages data hardened expectations for a December Federal Reserve rate hike, but it has slipped through the week along with a steady decline in Treasury yields.

“When the U.S. 10-year yield struggles below 2.4 percent, it comes as no surprise to see the dollar having a difficult time rising against the yen,” said Makoto Noji, senior strategist at SMBC Nikko Securities.

“The difference between domestic and foreign bond yields drive short-term trends and yen selling momentum is suppressed when foreign yields stay relatively low.”

For Reuters Live Markets blog on European and UK stock markets see reuters://realtime/verb=Open/url=http://emea1.apps.cp.extranet.thomsonreuters.biz/cms/?pageId=livemarkets (Reporting by Saikat Chatterjee; Additional reporting by Lisa Twaronite in TOKYO; editing by John Stonestreet)

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