The U.S Dollar gained about 1% versus the EUR and Canadian and New Zealand currencies Thursday after the U.S. government reported more job losses than expected, renewing concerns about the economy and enhancing the greenback's safe-haven appeal. U.S. employers cut 467,000 jobs in June, far more than expected, while the Unemployment Rate rose to 9.5%, the government said in the report. The Dollar also benefited from a Chinese Foreign Ministry official's comments, which dampened speculation about diversification of currency reserves.

It is important to take into account that yesterday's data raised the risk aversion of investors, which also helped push the Yen higher vs. the USD. The Dollar finished trading at 95.95 Yen, from 96.60 Yen on Thursday. However, this week, the Dollar has advanced over 0.5% against the Yen.

The greenback faces some risks though. Analysts said that the weak U.S jobs report reinforced a trend already in place in the forex market prior to the release that the Dollar was oversold. Traders are still favoring foreign currencies over the U.S Dollar, and the sentiment remains to sell the USD in the short-medium term. With a light U.S. economic calendar today, currency investors may focus instead on the USD's detriment, such as U.S. fiscal deficit and inflation.


The common European currency weakened against the U.S Dollar and Yen yesterday after the European Central Bank (ECB) kept its benchmark Interest Rate unchanged at 1% as expected. The ECB also stuck with the amount of covered bond purchases in its plan. The EUR declined amid speculation that ECB policy makers will say today that they don't see a need for additional measures to revive the Euro-Zone economy.

Analysts said that demand for the EUR fell after European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet stated that Euro-Zone activity would likely remain weak for the rest of the year, and recovery may not start until the middle of 2010. The EUR traded at $1.3980, from $1.4115 yesterday. Against the Yen, the EUR declined to 134.15 Yen, from 136.53 Yen. The Europe's 16-nation currency may drop to the lowest level in more than 2 months against the Dollar in the coming week, as risk aversion increased after a report showed that U.S. employers cut more jobs than forecast in June.


The Japanese Yen advanced against all 16 major currencies on Thursday after a U.S. government report showed employers cut more jobs last month than economists forecast. This prompted investors to sell higher- yielding assets. The Yen rose for a second day against the EUR as Asian stocks fell on concern that the global recession will be prolonged, spurring demand for the safe-haven JPY.

The Yen advanced to 134.21 per EUR from 136.33 yesterday in New York. Against the Dollar the Japanese Yen rose to 95.95 Yen from 96.60 Yen. The Japanese currency typically strengthens in times of financial turmoil, as Japan's trade surplus makes the currency attractive due to the nation not having to rely on overseas lenders. Additionally, the Dollar is bought as it is the world's main reserve currency.


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