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Dollar index hits five-week high before U.S. jobs data

By Anirban Nag LONDON (Reuters) - The dollar was in demand on Friday, trading at a five-week high against a basket of currencies, as investors positioned for the possibility of an upside surprise in U.S. non-farm payrolls due later in the day. Analysts polled by Reuters expect 200,000 jobs to have been created in March, which would be the highest in four months, after rising by 175,000 in February. The unemployment rate is seen falling one-tenth of a percentage point to 6.6 percent.

Euro knocked lower by dovish ECB, US jobs data next

By Ian Chua SYDNEY (Reuters) - The euro traded at one-month lows against the dollar early on Friday, having suffered a bit of a setback after the European Central Bank notched up its dovish rhetoric following a widely expected decision to leave interest rates unchanged. ECB President Mario Draghi said the Governing Council was unanimous in its commitment to also using "unconventional instruments within its mandate in order to cope effectively with risks of a too prolonged period of low inflation".

European stocks get ECB boost, euro fades

Europe's main stock markets got a boost on Thursday as the ECB pledged to further ease monetary conditions if necessary and hinted at quantitative easing to keep deflation at bay. However stocks gave up much of their gains, with Frankfurt's DAX 30 ending the day up just 0.06 percent at 9,628.82 points and London's FTSE 100 index sliding into negative territory, giving up 0.15 to 6,649.14 points. But the CAC 40 in Paris jumped 0.42 percent to 4,449.33 points, its highest close since before the global financial crisis started in 2008.

European stocks get ECB boost, euro fades

Europe's main stock markets got a boost on Thursday as the ECB pledged to further ease monetary conditions if necessary and hinted at quantitative easing to keep deflation at bay. The CAC 40 in Paris jumped 0.77 percent in value compared with Wednesday's closing values to reach 4,464.78 points in afternoon trading, while Frankfurt's DAX 30 rose 0.50 percent to 9,671.31 points London's FTSE 100 index added 0.17 to stand at 6,670.67 points in afternoon trading.

Loonie flat as employment report adds to positivity over U.S. economy

TORONTO - The Canadian dollar was barely changed Wednesday after further positive data emerged about the U.S. economy. The loonie gained 0.03 of a cent at 90.62 cents US as attention focused mainly on an employment survey from ADP. The payroll processer said that U.S. companies hired at a faster clip in March, adding an estimated 191,000 jobs in March. The report was another positive sign for the jobs market ahead of Friday's U.S. non-farm payrolls figures and Statistics Canada's labour force survey for March.

Canadian dollar moves higher as positive sentiment on US economy grows

TORONTO - The Canadian dollar climbed higher on Wednesday morning after further positive data emerged about the U.S. economy weighed and commodity prices were lower. The main currency rose 0.18 of a cent at 90.83 cents US shortly before stock markets opened. A survey from payroll processer ADP said that U.S. companies hired at a faster clip in March. Private employers added 191,000 jobs in March, another positive sign for the jobs market ahead of Friday's non-farm payrolls due on Friday.

Japan Mint to make coins for Brunei

Japan Mint has received an order from the Brunei Currency and Monetary Board for manufacturing silver Brunei coins, the Osaka-based mint announced Wednesday, the 30th anniversary of Japan-Brunei diplomatic relations. Brunei is the fifth foreign country for which Japan Mint has manufactured coins after World War II. The mint manufactured coins for Cambodia and Bangladesh last year.

Canadian dollar extends small gains after US Fed Reserve comment

TORONTO - The Canadian dollar extended its gains on Tuesday morning for a second day after the U.S. Federal Reserve offered reassurance that interest rates would stay low. The loonie was up 0.12 of a cent at 90.56 shortly before North American stock markets opened. Markets reacted positively on Monday to comments from Federal Reserve chairwoman Janet Yellen, who said she thinks the struggling U.S. job market will continue to need the help of low interest rates "for some time."

Asian shares mostly up after Wall St gains

Asian markets mostly rose Monday following a rally on Wall Street as attention turns to the release of key data from Japan and the United States later in the week. The yen eased slightly against the dollar in early currency deals in response to worse-than-expected Japanese industrial output figures that raise the possibility of further monetary easing by the country's central bank. Tokyo jumped 0.90 percent, or 131.80 points, to 14,827.83, Sydney climbed 0.52 percent, or 27.9 points, to 5,394.8 and Seoul added 0.23 percent, or 4.61 points, to 1,985.61.

Asian shares mostly higher after Wall St gains

Asian markets mostly rose Monday following a rally on Wall Street as attention turns to the release of key data from Japan and the United States later in the week. The yen eased slightly against the dollar in early currency deals in response to worse-than-expected Japanese industrial output figures that raise the possibility of further monetary easing by the country's central bank. Tokyo jumped 0.90 percent, or 131.80 points, to 14,827.83, Sydney climbed 0.52 percent, or 27.9 points, to 5,394.8 and Seoul added 0.23 percent, or 4.61 points, to 1,985.61.
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