Currencies: Euro trims losses after U.S. job-openings report

NEW YORK (MarketWatch) — The euro trimmed its earlier losses Tuesday after the Department of Labor said U.S. job openings rose to a 14-year high in February.

The euro EURUSD, -0.58%  was at $ 1.0875, compared with $ 1.0937 Monday evening, trimming its earlier losses after the Labor Department showed that job openings rose to 5.13 million in February from 4.97 million in January. The dollar was little-changed against its other rivals after the report.

The euro had moved lower against the dollar early Tuesday as traders in Europe returned to their desks after a four-day weekend that included market holidays on Friday and Monday.

The euro had surged against the dollar Friday after the U.S. Labor Department reported the weakest rate of jobs growth in 15 months, and it continued to trade above $ 1.09 during Monday’s session.

But swings in the euro-dollar exchange rate were likely exaggerated over the last two sessions amid thin trading volume, analysts said. That said, thin volumes don’t always affect currency price moves, according to RBC Capital Markets.

“We’re seeing liquidity return and prices start to normalize,” said John Doyle, director of markets at Tempus Inc.

Currency traders appeared to shrug off data showing the eurozone economy grew at its fastest pace in 11 months in March.

Earlier in the global day, the Reserve Bank of Australia defied the market’s expectations and left its cash target rate, its benchmark interest rate, unchanged, sending the Australian dollar to its highest level against the buck in eight days.

The aussie AUDUSD, +0.74%  hit a session-high of 77.13 cents, before falling to 76.55 cents in recent trade. It traded at 75.99 cents Monday evening.

Financial markets had been pricing in a 75% chance the benchmark interest rate would be trimmed by 0.25 percentage point to a record-low 2.0%.

Read: Australia keeps interest rates steady at 2.25%

In other Asia trade USDJPY, +0.70%  rose to ¥120.17, compared with ¥119.48 late Monday in North America.

Boris Schlossberg, managing director of FX strategy at BK Asset Management, said that rising Treasury yields are attracting foreign flows to the U.S. dollar.

“In North America today the calendar is nearly barren so price action will likely be driven by equity and fixed income markets,” Schlossberg said in a note to clients.

The ICE U.S. Dollar Index DXY, +0.55% a measure of the dollar’s strength against a basket of six rivals, was up 0.7% to 97.4360.

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