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Euro Slips With U.S. Futures on Greece as Treasuries Gain

The euro slipped with U.S. equity-index futures, while Treasuries rallied as Greek voters handed victory to a party that’s pledged to renegotiate the terms of an international bailout. Asian stocks dropped with crude oil and industrial metals.

The 19-nation euro dropped 0.4 percent to $ 1.1164 by 12:21 p.m. in Tokyo, and touched a more-than 11-year low. The yield on 30-year Treasuries fell to a record. Standard & Poor’s 500 Index futures sank 0.6 percent and the MSCI Asia Pacific Index (MXAP) lost 0.4 percent. U.S. crude declined 1.1 percent and nickel slid 1.9 percent. China’s yuan headed for its biggest two-day drop since 2008 versus the dollar.

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Greece’s Syriza won a more decisive victory than polls predicted, coming within two seats of an absolute majority with most votes counted. Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras had pledged to secure a writedown of the nation’s debt and end austerity measures, policies that outgoing Prime Minister Antonis Samaras warned could trigger an “accidental” exit from the euro. Germany’s Ifo Business Expectations survey is due, while fighting in Ukraine spread to the port city of Mariupol.

“Political stability will be difficult to find,” Vincenzo Scarpetta, a political analyst at the London-based Open Europe research group, said by e-mail. Syriza’s potential coalition partners “only agree in parts” with its platform, while “governing alone with a tiny majority will be hard with tough debt negotiations ahead and a radical fringe to appease. The medium-term outlook is far from clear.”

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Exit Risk

Tsipras, 40, has pledged to keep the nation within the single currency area as he negotiates a writedown of Greek debt and eases budget constraints that were imposed in return for aid after the country’s economic collapse. The current round of funding expires on Feb. 28 and talks with the so-called troika – – the International Monetary Fund, the European Commission and the European Central Bank — for its renewal have stalled since September amid demands for further belt tightening.

Addressing supporters in central Athens Sunday night, Tsipras said Greece is putting austerity behind it. The Syriza government’s priority will be to restore the “lost dignity” of the Greek people and there will be “neither a catastrophic collapse nor will continued kowtowing be accepted.”

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Germany’s Finance Ministry said in a statement that Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble’s position was unchanged after the election result and “the agreements reached with Greece remain valid.” Finance ministers from the euro area are due to discuss Greece and its bailout in Brussels on Monday.

The euro retreated 7.4 percent versus the dollar this year through Friday, the biggest decline among 16 major currencies tracked by Bloomberg. The ECB last week pledged to pump 1.1 trillion euros ($ 1.2 trillion) into the region’s economy to stave off deflation and ignite growth.

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The euro sank as much as 1.4 percent to a more-than 16-month low of 130.15 yen today. Japan’s currency climbed 0.2 percent to 117.54 per dollar, after gaining 0.6 percent on Friday. Exports from Asia’s second-largest economy grew more than economists expected in December, data today showed.

The joint currency’s slide is putting pressure on China’s yuan, which today rose through 7 per euro for the first time since 2001. Europe as a bloc is the biggest trading partner for the world’s second-largest economy, where exports made up 26 percent of gross domestic product at the end of 2013, according to the World Bank.

Treasuries Rally

The yuan’s two-day drop of as much as 0.8 percent pushed it to a record 1.89 percent discount to the central bank’s reference rate. It sank as low as 6.2569 per dollar as the People’s Bank of China cut its daily fixing by 0.07 percent to 6.1384 a dollar, the lowest since Dec. 4. The spot rate rate is allowed to diverge a maximum 2 percent from the fixing.

The U.S. 30-year yield declined four basis points to 2.338 percent, according to Bloomberg Bond Trader data. The price of the 3 percent bond due in November 2044 rose 25/32, or $ 7.81 per $ 1,000 face amount, to 114 2/32. The yield was as low as 2.3336 percent.

Benchmark 10-year Treasuries advanced, with yields slipping as much as four basis points, or 0.04 percentage point, to 1.76 percent. The rate on similar maturity Japanese government bonds was 0.5 basis point lower at 0.22 percent.

“There’s uncertainty regarding the Greek problem,” said Hiroki Shimazu, the senior market economist in Tokyo at SMBC Nikko Securities Inc., a unit of Japan’s second-largest publicly traded bank. “That will help the bullish Treasury market, a flight to quality.”

The Aussie lost 0.4 percent to 78.81 U.S. cents and touched 78.55, its weakest intraday level since July 2009. The currency’s slump is being fueled by bets the Reserve Bank of Australia will need to cut interest rates to a fresh record low amid the ECB’s quantitative easing program. The Bank of Canada unexpectedly cut rates last week.

U.S. Stocks

Futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged 0.7 percent and those on the Nasdaq 100 Indexes fell 0.5 percent. The S&P 500 lost 0.6 percent on Friday in New York, paring a weekly gain to 1.6 percent.

Copper dropped 1.8 percent in London after closing Jan. 23 at the lowest since July 2009. Nickel lost as much as 1.6 percent.

West Texas Intermediate crude fell to $ 45.05 a barrel after settling Jan. 23 at its lowest price since March 2009. Crude stockpiles in the U.S., the world’s biggest oil consumer, rose 7.4 percent from last year to end December at 383.5 million barrels, the American Petroleum Institute said in a monthly report.

U.S. oil erased gains spurred by the death of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia on Jan. 23 after his successor said policies won’t change in the world’s largest crude exporting nation. Brent crude was down 0.7 percent to $ 48.45 per barrel.

To contact the reporters on this story: Emma O’Brien in Wellington at [email protected]; Nick Gentle in Hong Kong at [email protected]

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Nick Gentle at [email protected] Emma O’Brien

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