Weak US data enabled the US dollar to continue clawing back losses against the euro

The single currency slipped further away from recent 14-month highs against the dollar yesterday, losing nearly a cent to close down at 1.4707.

  • The US dollar rose, stretching a rally against the euro to a fourth day, supported by weak U.S. economic data that weighed on equity markets and led investors to seek safety in the greenback and cut exposure to assets perceived as risky.
  • Initially though, the euro pared early losses after data showed core US durable goods orders were better-than-expected in September.
  • The report revealed that the core figure, which excludes transport equipment, rose by 0.9%, higher than forecasts of a 0.6% rise, strengthening risk appetite in the market.
  • However, in the afternoon the euro extended losses after further data showed that US home sales unexpectedly fell, declining 3.6% last month to an annual rate of 402,000, disappointing market forecasts that expected a 2.6% rise.
  • Analysts noted that the soft housing sales figure offset positive durable goods orders, given that the latter data is generally volatile and sometimes does not represent the whole economic story.
  • In trading today, investors will be eagerly awaiting US 3rd quarter GDP data, released at 12:30.