Euro surges as ECB chief Mario Draghi focuses on global trade

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The surged past a key level on Tuesday as investors grew bullish about its outlook after the head of the refrained from talking about the single currency’s recent strength and in the backdrop of brewing US fiscal problems.

Having gained more than 14 per cent against the dollar this year, financial markets were relieved that ECB President made no mention of the euro’s strength at the Jackson Hole conference in Wyoming last week, focusing instead on subjects such as global trade.

“The market is still digesting Draghi’s comments from Jackson Hole and the US outlook is looking difficult with the concerns around the budget and a looming shutdown,” said Esther Maria Reichelt, an FX strategist at Commerzbank in .

Financial markets are fretting about the fiscal situation in Washington, with deadlines looming in late September and early October on the US budget and the federal debt ceiling.

Republican President Donald Trump stoked anxieties by threatening on 22 August to shut down the government if Congress does not fund his US-Mexico border wall.

Though a risk-averse mood prevailed broadly across financial markets following a missile launch from North Korea, the euro chose to ignore the geopolitical news.

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North Korea fired a missile early on Tuesday that flew over Japan and landed in the Pacific waters off the northern region of Hokkaido, South Korea and Japan, in a sharp escalation of tensions on the Korean peninsula.

The single currency was up 0.4 per cent in early trades to $1.2029 against the dollar, up nearly 1.5 per cent so far this month. It is the best performing currency in the G10 FX universe.

Morgan Stanley strategists remains bullish about the single currency with little resistance seen before the $1.2280 levels as global reserve managers are still underweight.

Reuters

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