USA dollar drops amid rising sterling

14 Mars, 2019, 12:54 | Auteur: Auguste Feret
  • USA dollar drops amid rising sterling

Lawmakers will vote on Thursday on delaying Britain's European Union departure beyond March 29. The dollar was last down 0.41 percent against the euro, at $1.133.

The euro declined 0.2 percent to $1.1309, the first retreat in a week.

Emerging-market stocks declined for the first time in three days. This is the latest sign of benign inflation, supporting the Federal Reserve's wait-and-see approach to further interest rate hikes this year.

USA crude stocks fell last week as refineries hiked output, the Energy Information Administration said.

GRAPHIC-World FX rates in 2019: http://tmsnrt.rs/2egbfVh (Recasts; updates prices) By Kate Duguid NEW YORK, March 13 (Reuters) - The British pound jumped in late Wednesday trade, hitting session highs after British lawmakers rejected leaving the European Union without a deal in any scenario.

Gold hit almost a two-week high as tepid USA economic data reinforced views the Fed would be patient on monetary policy. The pound was last up 1.39 percent at $1.326 after a roller-coaster ride this week in which its price has moved within a range of 3-1/2 cents against the dollar. The U.S. central bank's rate-setting committee will issue its next policy statement following its March 19-20 meeting.

The euro was a touch lower at $1.1283 after rising 0.4 percent the previous day as the greenback sagged on the lacklustre US inflation data. Strong resistance can be seen at 111.46 (38.2% retracement level), an upside break can trigger rise towards 112.12 (23.6% retracement level).On the downside, immediate support is seen at 110.88 (50% retracement level), a break below could take the pair towards 110.33 (61.8% retracement level).

The MSCI Asia Pacific Index fell 0.3 percent.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average was lower after Boeing's two-day rout topped 11%, when Europe's aviation authority banned the troubled aircraft.

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Sterling extended its advance for the week and gilts fell as United Kingdom lawmakers prepare to vote on whether to tear the country out of the European Union with no agreement, or give themselves the chance to delay Brexit in the hope of securing better terms.

The Stoxx Europe 600 Index climbed 0.5 percent as of 6:22 a.m.

"I expect equity markets to remain volatile and to tread water, and there is still too much risk in risk assets, and ultimately I think bond yields will head lower but this is a process that unfolds, it's not a sudden event", Suzanne Hutchins, a senior portfolio manager at Newton Investment Management in London, said in an interview at Bloomberg's NY headquarters.

The U.S. currency was lifted as long-term U.S. Treasury yields bounced back from two-month lows plumbed at the start of the week.

USA 30-year bond yields were up at 3.011 percent from 2.99 percent on Tuesday.But yields on both 10-year notes and 30-year bonds have fallen in six of the last eight sessions.

The pound steadied after surging in the wake of the United Kingdom parliament's vote that opened the door to delaying Brexit. US gold futures settled 0.9 percent higher at$1,309.3 per ounce.

USA crude rose $1.39 to settle at $58.26 per barrel and Brent settled up 88 cents at $67.55.

West Texas Intermediate crude increased 0.1 percent to $58.30 a barrel, the highest in four months.

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