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FOREX-Euro rebounds vs dollar on data, ECB comments
October 20, 2015 / 2:19 PM / 2 years ago

FOREX-Euro rebounds vs dollar on data, ECB comments

* Euro extends gains after euro zone lending survey

* ECB comments on possible no further QE help euro

* Canadian dollar recovers after early post-election losses (Adds comments, updates trading, changes byline, dateline; previous LONDON)

By Gertrude Chavez-Dreyfuss

NEW YORK, Oct 20 (Reuters) - The euro rose against the dollar on Tuesday, after falling for three straight sessions, bolstered by solid regional economic data and comments from European Central Bank officials suggesting further monetary easing may not be imminent.

Quarterly lending data from the ECB showed euro zone banks had loosened their lending standards more than expected over the last few months despite recent global market volatility. That lessened the need for the ECB to ramp up its 1 trillion euro asset purchase program, this week at least.

Separately, current account data from the euro zone showed portfolio inflows continued at a brisk pace, a factor that has been supporting the euro in recent months.

In addition, ECB governing council member Christian Noyer said the central bank’s quantitative easing program was well calibrated and did not need to be adjusted.

That followed similar remarks from Austrian central bank chief Ewald Nowotny who had suggested looking at other ways to stimulate a still-struggling euro zone economy.

“The euro zone data and Noyer’s remarks doused expectations that the ECB would increase stimulus for the euro zone,” said Joe Manimbo, senior market analyst, at Western Union Business Solutions in Washington.

But he added that the ECB could use the meeting and the subsequent press briefing to undercut some of the euro’s recent strength, which doesn’t help the region’s battle against low inflation. Despite massive asset buying by the ECB, the euro has gained nearly 5 percent versus the dollar over the last three months.

Going into Thursday’s policy meeting, investors had been factoring in further quantitative easing from the ECB. Major banks, including Barclays and Goldman Sachs, began the week by calling for the euro to weaken into Thursday’s meeting.

In mid-morning New York trading, the euro was up 0.2 percent at $1.1348, rebounding from a 10-day low hit on Monday. That put pressure on the dollar index, which was down 0.1 percent at 94.807.


The Canadian dollar, a big loser on Monday ahead of election results that gave a shock victory to Liberal leader Justin Trudeau, was back in positive territory against the U.S. dollar on Tuesday.

The U.S. dollar last traded down 0.4 percent at C$1.2968.

Bank of Canada policymakers meet on Wednesday, with a large majority of analysts polled by Reuters seeing no change in interest rates. (Additional reporting by Patrick Graham in London; Editing by Bernadette Baum)

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