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The Euro

The Euro strengthened against the Pound and US Dollar yesterday. The single currency found support on a quiet news day from positive data out of Italy which showed that the regions third largest economy in the Eurozone saw its industrial production increase more than expected. Portugal and Greece both published better-than-forecast inflation data. Today the Euro has softened slightly ahead of the release of Eurozone industrial production data which is expected to show a rise in November.

Pound Sterling

The Pound fell against all of its peers yesterday after an index showed that recent UK economic data releases are falling short of economist expectations. The report weakened demand for the currency. Today, Sterling managed to recover some lost ground against the Euro on expectations that inflation data will come in better-than-expected.

US Dollar

The US Dollar remains under pressure from last week’s disappointing jobs data. The U.S. economy added far fewer jobs than expected in December cast doubts over the strength of the recovery in the labour market, and fuelled expectations that the Federal Reserve will maintain loose monetary policy for longer. The currency could regain some ground if today’s retail sales data comes in positively.

Australian Dollar

The ‘Aussie’ retreated from yesterday’s one-month high as investors look ahead to tomorrow’s Chinese data and as expectations remain high that the US Federal Reserve will continue to taper its monetary easing programme.

New Zealand Dollar

The New Zealand Dollar rose to fresh two-month highs against its U.S. counterpart on Tuesday, after strong business confidence data from New Zealand, while Friday's downbeat U.S. employment data continued to weigh on the greenback. The currency also rose against the Euro as strong business confidence, increased consumer spending and rising property values fuel expectations the Reserve Bank will hike interest rates.

Canadian Dollar

The Canadian Dollar is trading close to its lowest level since October 2009 against its US counterpart and remains at multi-year lows against the Pound and Euro as the currency remains under pressure following last week’s poor jobs report.

South African Rand

The South African Rand tumbled to a five-year low against a number of peers as concerns rise that mining output will be affected by labour disputes. As well as worries over labour unrest investors are increasingly being put off of the Rand by a weak economic outlook for the South African economy.