Mexican Peso Ends Trading with Losses

The Mexican peso ended the Friday’s trading session with losses as Brazil’s budget deficit widened to a record, increasing chances for a credit rating downgrade. The currency dropped even as the central bank refrained from an interest rate cut.

CAD Drops vs. USD as Economy Contracts

The Canadian dollar ended Friday with losses against its US counterpart as Canada’s economy unexpectedly contracted in August. At the same time, the loonie managed to end the session flat versus the euro and to jump against the Japanese yen.

Bank of Russia Surprises, Ruble Doesn’t Respond

Russia’s central bank surprised the Forex market today by a huge interest rate hike aimed at cooling inflation and slowing the ruble’s depreciation. Yet the Russian currency did not respond to the announcement, extending its massive slump.

New Japanese Easing Surprises Markets and Sends Yen Lower

In a surprise move, the Bank of Japan announced a new round of easing. Earlier, the yen had been gaining in spite of unfavorable data. Now, though, the yen is heading much lower in the wake of this latest announcement.

Euro Lower on Quantitative Easing Possibility

Euro is lower against most of its major counterparts today, thanks in part to statements from an ECB policymaker. While quantitative easing isn’t quite on the table, officials aren’t ruling it out, and the possibility of QE, along with other measures meant to weaken the euro in the name of stimulus, is weighing on the 18-nation currency.

Yen Gains Ignoring Unfavorable Data

The Japanese yen gained today even though economic data that came out from Japan during the current trading session was not particularly good. The possible reason for the rally is risk aversion that followed the policy announcement from the Federal Reserve.

Dollar Extends Rally on Positive GDP & Jobless Claims Data

The US dollar extended yesterday’s rally today as positive economic data from the United States fueled talks about a possibility of an early interest rate hike from the Federal Reserve.

Swiss Franc Appreciates Ahead of Referendum

The Swiss franc erased its earlier losses against the US dollar and gained against the euro today. The Swissie was experiencing upward pressure recently on speculations that possible changes to central bank’s policies might lead to issues with keeping the currency-cap.

Brazilian Real Jumps After Central Bank Surprises

The Brazilian real jumped today following yesterday’s surprise interest rate hike from Brazil’s central bank. Such decision resulted in speculations that additional rate increases may happen in the future.

Data Helps Euro Pare Some of Its Losses

Euro is falling against its major counterparts today, but some of the losses are being pared, thanks to the latest data releases. Some of the regions of the eurozone are reporting progress, and that is reducing some of the difficulty with the euro.

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