Euro pushes higher but finds strong resistence at $1.50

The single currency resumed its climb against the dollar in trading yesterday, supported by rising confidence in the global recovery, closing the day up 0.4%.

  • The euro hovered just below the psychologically important 1.50 level as the US dollar remained under selling pressure on expectations that US interest rates will remain pinned at record lows well into 2010.
  • The single currency also found support as some investors speculated finance ministers from the 16-nation region meeting in Luxembourg would focus on the currency’s strength.
  • The dollar came under further pressure as the continued confidence over the prospects of a global economic recovery were reaffirmed as the Dow Jones opened up over 10,000, keeping haven demand for the dollar in check.
  • Late in the afternoon, the Fed added to the greenback’s woes after stating that it has been testing its reverse repurchase agreement tool but is not about to use it, suggesting that US monetary policy is not set to tighten just yet.