Euro Falls Amid Risk Aversion
The euro was lower against its major counterparts during
European deals on Friday amid risk aversion, as virus cases rose in
Europe with France imposing a lockdown on Paris and other regions
of the country.
The lockdowns, which will begin from today midnight, will last
four weeks. The restrictions will apply to 16 regions, including
the Paris area.
Germany's coronavirus cases jumped by 28,489, the most since
Oil stocks declined as virus worries diminished hopes of a
faster economic recovery from the pandemic.
Investors monitored bond yields, which surged overnight on the
back of the Federal Reserve's commitment to keep its benchmark
overnight interest rate near zero through 2023.
Data from Destatis showed that Germany's producer prices rose
for the third straight month in February.
The producer price index increased 1.9 percent year-on-year in
February, following a 0.9 percent rise in January.
The euro weakened to a 2-day low of 1.1890 against the greenback
and an 8-day low of 129.44 against the yen, from its early highs of
1.1937 and 130.00, respectively. The next possible support for the
euro is seen around 1.16 against the greenback and 125.00 against
The euro dropped to 0.8535 against the pound, after rising to
0.8569 at 9:15 pm ET. The euro is poised to find support around the
Data from the Office for National Statistics showed that the UK
budget deficit hit its highest February level since records began
in 1993 due to measures taken to stimulate the economy through the
Public sector net borrowing, excluding public sector banks,
increased by GBP 17.6 billion from the previous year to GBP 19.1
billion in February. This was the highest February borrowing since
monthly records began in 1993.
The euro reversed from its early high of 1.4902 against the
loonie and a 2-day high of 1.5412 against the aussie, edging down
to 1.4840 and 1.5330, respectively. If the euro falls further, it
may find support around 1.45 against the loonie and 1.49 against
The euro remained lower against the franc, with the pair trading
at 1.1042. This followed a high of 1.1058 hit at 4:55 am ET. The
euro is likely to challenge support around the 1.07 level.
The euro was trading at 1.6603 against the kiwi, down from a
4-day high of 1.6647 hit in the Asian session. On the downside,
1.62 is possibly seen as the next support level for the
Looking ahead, Canada retail sales for January will be published
in the New York session.