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Dollar Harmed by Worse-Than-Expected Non-Farm Payrolls

April 6, 2012 at 14:36 by Vladimir Vyun

A sheet of new hundred-dollar billsThe US dollar weakened today as non-farm payrolls came out somewhat disappointing, increasing prospects for a next round of quantitative easing by the Federal Reserve and reducing appeal of the greenback.

Non-farm employment rose by 120,000 jobs in March. That’s significantly below the market expectation of 207,000. The February reading was revised from 227,000 to 240,000. The unemployment rate managed to fall from 8.3 percent to 8.2 percent despite the slowing employment growth, even though it was expected to remain stable. Analysts say that the worse-than-expected employment data in no way guarantee that a next round of easing would be performed, but it increases the possibility of additional stimulus.

EUR/USD was up from 1.3065 to 1.3081 as of 14:36 GMT today, following the advanced to the intraday maximum of 1.3112. USD/JPY slumped from 82.32 to 81.49, while the daily minimum of 81.34 was the lowest since March 8.

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