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US Dollar Pulls Back as Risk Appetite Returns

April 20, 2012 at 14:24 by Miranda Marquit

The all-seeing eye on top of pyramid on one-dollar billRisk appetite is making a comeback in the markets today, and that is sending the US dollar mostly lower. The dollar index is losing ground, and the greenback is lower against many of the majors, especially the European currencies. With better earnings news out of the United States, and with better news in the eurozone, Forex traders are ready for a little risk.

US dollar is pulling back as Forex traders look for better returns, mostly with European currencies and the Down Under currencies. Greenback is down against the euro and the pound right now as the better news results in a return to risk appetite. In the United States, earnings news is driving the markets. Solid earnings data and forecasts for the rest of 2012 have stocks gaining and risk appetite on the rise. This, in term, means a lower US dollar.

On top of that, the euro is getting help from the latest German Ifo data. The business sentiment survey from the Ifo shows that confidence is better than expected. Even though there are concerns about a eurozone recession, it appears that there are still those that are confident in once next. Also helping European currencies is the fact that the IMF has secured Russian funding.

At 14:21 GMT EUR/USD is up to 1.3208 from the open at 1.3137. GBP/USD is up to 1.6132 from the open at 1.6052. USD/JPY is up to 81.6705 from the open at 81.6050.

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