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Euro feels weight of French election considerations, extra Russia sanctions By Reuters


FILE PHOTO: Euro, Hong Kong greenback, U.S. greenback, Japanese yen, pound and Chinese language 100 yuan banknotes are seen on this image illustration, January 21, 2016. REUTERS/Jason Lee/


By Julien Ponthus and Saikat Chatterjee

LONDON (Reuters) – The euro weakened on Tuesday with the Swiss franc and the Swedish crown the winners as French election worries and the possibility of extra sanctions in opposition to Russia unnerved traders.

French monetary markets acknowledged the opportunity of far-right candidate Marine Le Pen beating President Emmanuel Macron on this month’s elections, with sharp losses on Paris blue chip index and authorities bonds. [L5N2W32MF]

Issues concerning the final result of the French elections have prompted merchants within the euro to slowly ramp up shopping for put choices across the $1.07-$1.09 ranges for finish April expiry, Refinitiv knowledge exhibits.

Towards the U.S. greenback, the one foreign money briefly fell to greater than a one-week low of $1.0956. The euro reached a one-month excessive of $1.1185 simply days earlier amid elevated optimism over an finish to the Ukraine battle.

“The only foreign money continues to underperform the broad G10 area as progress dangers persist from occasions in Japanese Europe,” mentioned Simon Harvey, head of FX evaluation at Monex Europe.

Anticipated value swings for the euro, or implied volatility climbed to three-week highs as merchants braced for extra sanctions.

“Sentiment across the single foreign money is turning into extra bearish by the day,” Harvey mentioned.

The euro’s greatest losses on Tuesday had been in opposition to the Swedish crown and Swiss franc, with falls of 0.4% and 0.2% respectively.

America and European nations pledged on Monday to punish Moscow over civilian killings in northern Ukraine. The Kremlin denied accusations associated to the homicide of civilians.

New sanctions might embrace restrictions on the billions of {dollars} in vitality that Europe imports from Russia.

Elsewhere, the Australian greenback jumped to a nine-month excessive after the nation’s central financial institution signalled greater rates of interest had been nearer.

The surged 1.23% to $0.7639, its strongest since June 14, after the Reserve Financial institution of Australia (RBA) dropped its pledge to be “affected person” on tightening coverage, whereas holding the important thing fee at a document low for now, as was extensively anticipated.

The eased 0.07% to 98.902 from a one-week excessive of 99.083 reached in a single day.

The dollar was flat in opposition to the yen at 122.73 yen, broadly monitoring strikes in long-term U.S. Treasury yields, because it continued to consolidate round 122.5 after retreating from a multi-year excessive of 125.105 on March 28.

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