The US dollar gained on Monday against its major rivals as investors shifted their focus towards the safe haven status of the greenback in reaction of reduced China’s economic growth outlook and meeting of finance ministers from European Countries.
The dollar index DXY which measures the US dollar’s performance versus the basket for six major counterparts advanced to 79.595 on Monday as compared to 79.350 on Friday’s North American trading session. The euro fell to 1.2973 against the US dollar on Monday as compared to 1.3031 on Friday’s late trading hours. If we look at the performance of the euro, the single currency climbed 1.3 percent in last week against the US dollar.
Forex pundits were of the opinion that the euro had a strong last week and correction was overdue. Investors have realized profits ahead of next event which probably could be Spain going for additional rescue funds. Traders were also waiting for Greece’s report from its creditors showing progress of the country in meeting its bailout requirements. In Monday’s meeting of Finance managers, bailout fund of 500 billion euro equivalent to $649.8 billion was approved for European Stability Mechanism. However, investors were still mixed whether Spain will go for a bailout. Analysts foresee that Spain to avail rescue funds is a move which is inevitable. Germany on the other hand supports Spanish government for not taking the assistance program. German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schauble commented, “The Spanish don’t need an assistance program. That is what the government says over and over again, and we should just trust the Spanish government.”
Among other currencies, the British Pound slipped to 1.6031 against the US dollar on Monday as compared to 1.6141 on Friday. Against the Japanese yen the US dollar traded at 78.32 as compared to 78.64 while the Australian dollar stood at 1.0177 versus the greenback on Monday as compared to 1.0176 on Friday’s session.