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Euro climbs higher

Wednesday, September 03 09:52:32

The euro climbed against almost every other major currency on Wednesday after Ukraine said it has agreed on a ceasefire with Russia, offering some comfort to the euro zone economy which has borne the brunt of the impact of the conflict.

The euro rose to a day's high of $1.31565 after Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko press office said an agreement was reached with Russia's Vladimir Putin for a "permanent ceasefire" in eastern Ukraine's Donbass region.

The news sent European stocks higher and safe-haven German Bunds lower.

"The Ukraine ceasefire has seen the euro bounce. But substantial gains are unlikely ahead of the ECB meeting," said a London-based spot trader.

The euro sank to a one-year low against the dollar on Tuesday, given the risk of a dovish European Central Bank. While the ECB is unlikely to take action this week, the threat of falling prices, along with uncertainty to the recovery from the Russia/Ukraine conflict, is likely to see President Mario Draghi flag the prospects of more easing in coming months.

The euro's recovery saw the dollar index edge down 0.15 percent to 82.68, although it was not far from a 14-month high of 83.058 struck earlier in the day. The dollar has made an impressive start to the month on strong economic data and a rise in Treasury yields.

Treasury yields steadied after a sharp rise, putting a brake on the dollar's rally, while the yen was supported by expectations that the Bank of Japan, which began a two-day policy meeting, may sit tight and reiterate its view that the economy is recovering moderately.

Against the yen, the dollar was flat at 105 yen, off a eight-month high of 105.28 yen. A rise above 105.45 yen would take the dollar to a high not seen since October 2008. (Reuters)

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