Euro stays above 1.02 dollars ahead of ECB meeting
Frankfurt. The euro remained above 1.02 dollars today on investors’ caution ahead of the European Central Bank (ECB) meeting and that it is clear that Russia is returning to supply gas to Germany through the Nord Stream 1 pipeline.
The euro was exchanging at around 3 p.m. GMT at $1.0210, up from $1.0231 in late European currency market trading the previous day.
The ECB set the euro’s reference exchange rate at $1.0199. Sales of used homes fell sharply in the US in June for the fifth consecutive month, indicating that the US housing market is cooling as interest rates rise, which slowed the dollar’s appreciation.
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Markets see “a roughly 50% chance that the ECB will raise rates by 50 basis points, and some notable firms, such as Jeffries and ABN Amro, have changed their forecasts in favor of a 50 basis point hike,” comment analysts at Monex Europe.
In addition, Russia is to restart gas supplies to Germany after completing maintenance work on the Nord Stream 1 pipeline.
The euro also stabilized after Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi reconsidered his resignation and urged Parliament to rebuild his national unity coalition following the crisis caused by his government partner 5 Star Movement.
The single currency was exchanged in a fluctuation band between $1.0172 and $1.0269.