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FOREX-Dollar gains as Mexico tariffs averted, boosting risk sentiment
Published at 10/06/2019 at 19:23

(Adds data, updates prices)

By Karen Brettell

NEW YORK, June 10 (Reuters) - The dollar gained on Monday after the United States and Mexico reached a deal to avoid tariffs, while the euro faltered after sources said European Central Bank policymakers were open to cutting interest rates should economic growth slow.

On Friday, Mexico agreed to rapidly expand an asylum program and deploy security forces to stem the flow of Central American migrants to the U.S. border.

U.S. President Donald Trump had threatened to impose 5% import tariffs on all Mexican goods starting on Monday if Mexico did not commit to do more to tighten its borders.

“The news that tariffs on Mexico will now be averted is the main reason the dollar had a good bounce overnight,” said Richard Franulovich, head of FX strategy at Westpac Banking Corp in New York.

Last week, the greenback weakened on concerns that trade disputes would hurt the global economy. U.S. jobs data also was weaker than expected, feeding expectations the Federal Reserve would cut U.S. interest rates.

Jobs data on Monday showed a brighter outlook, with U.S. job openings falling slightly in April as hiring surged to a record high.

The U.S.-China trade war and worries that Trump will slap tariffs on Japan and Europe are likely to keep investors averse to loading up on riskier assets.

“I think the market psyche has been rattled and this is increasingly going to be a headwind for sentiment,” said Franulovich. “There is still the outstanding issue with China, and on top of that many other countries that are in his cross hairs.”

Trump said on Monday he was ready to impose another round of punitive tariffs on Chinese imports if he does not reach a trade deal with China's president at a Group of 20 summit later this month.

The euro dipped after two sources familiar with the ECB's policy discussions said on Sunday that a rate cut was firmly in play if the bloc's economy stagnates again after expanding by 0.4% in the first quarter.

The single currency soared last week after the ECB said rates would stay "at their present levels" until mid-2020 instead of hinting at rate cuts, as some expected.


Currency bid prices at 2:16PM (1816 GMT)

Description RIC Last U.S. Close Pct YTD High Bid Low Bid

Previous Change Pct

Session Change

Euro/Dollar EUR= $1.1316 $1.1331 -0.13% -1.33% +1.1330 +1.1291

Dollar/Yen JPY= 108.3800 108.1800 +0.18% -1.71% +108.7100 +108.3400

Euro/Yen EURJPY= 122.66 122.60 +0.05% -2.82% +122.9100 +122.6300

Dollar/Swiss CHF= 0.9890 0.9876 +0.14% +0.77% +0.9920 +0.9877

Sterling/Dollar GBP= 1.2692 1.2734 -0.33% -0.51% +1.2746 +1.2655

Dollar/Canadian CAD= 1.3272 1.3265 +0.05% -2.68% +1.3280 +1.3225

Australian/Doll AUD= 0.6958 0.6998 -0.57% -1.29% +0.7022 +0.6958


Euro/Swiss EURCHF= 1.1193 1.1193 +0.00% -0.54% +1.1209 +1.1183

Euro/Sterling EURGBP= 0.8916 0.8899 +0.19% -0.76% +0.8929 +0.8880

NZ NZD= 0.6612 0.6664 -0.78% -1.56% +0.6678 +0.6606


Dollar/Norway NOK= 8.6525 8.6243 +0.33% +0.19% +8.6669 +8.6151

Euro/Norway EURNOK= 9.7932 9.7772 +0.16% -1.14% +9.7967 +9.7548

Dollar/Sweden SEK= 9.4136 9.3967 +0.06% +5.02% +9.4382 +9.3970

Euro/Sweden EURSEK= 10.6545 10.6480 +0.06% +3.80% +10.6651 +10.6330

(Additional reporting by Tommy Wilkes in London; Editing by David Gregorio and Dan Grebler)

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