02 Feb '11, 3am

Euro at three month high versus dollar

TOKYO: The euro hit a three-month high against the dollar in Asian trade on Wednesday as higher share prices and surprisingly strong US manufacturing data encouraged risk-taking, dealers said. The euro rose to as high as $1.3849 dollars in Tokyo morning trade before easing back to $1.3834, up from $1.3831 in New York late Tuesday. The European currency rose to 112.73 yen from 112.47 yen. The stronger euro against the greenback was also encouraged by rapidly growing speculation that the European Central Bank may adopt a hawkish stance against rising inflation pressures at Thursday's board meeting, analysts said. In contrast, the Federal Reserve remains concerned about the slow pace of recovery in the United States, they said. "Because recent data from Europe are strong, speculation is increasing that the ECB may exit earlier from easy monetary policies than the Fed is going...

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