Forex investors continue to doubt Greece

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Greece called for activation of the joint EU-IMF €45 billion ( billion) bailout fund this year in an unprecedented test of the Euro's stability and European political cohesion. Federal Reserve does. Consumer spending helped pull the country out of a recession last year and the BOC said this week consumers will remain one of the biggest sources of economic growth through 2012. Analysts, predict that Euro will continue to fluctuate this week as investors await a solid plan on a financial lifeline for debt-stricken Greece. Moreover the arrival of spring weather has significantly boosted building activity and consumer spending. housing market before next week's Federal Reserve policy meeting.  While the CAD hit a low of .00626, the currency managed to recover from its losses to close blow the parity line at .9989. In the Asian trading session this morning, the EUR/USD gained some ground as the pair hit a high of 1.33961. The appeal for help from the European Union and International Monetary Fund follows a rapid rise in borrowing costs to what Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou called unsustainable levels that would ruin all  efforts to cut the budget deficit that is more than four times the EU limit. The British currency managed to recovery against its U.S counterpart, to close the week at .53749, up 0.05% from the day's opening price.  The Germany Ifo Climate, a survey based on 7,000 executives, jumped from a revised 98.2 to 101.6 (the market had expected 98.2) as the global economic recovery boosted export demand and warmer weather allowed workers back onto construction sites.  After hitting a high of 94.306, the USD/JPY closed the week at 93.957. The US dollar advanced for the first time in three weeks against the Japanese Yen on evidence of a global economic recovery including a surge in the U.S. Britain's Prelim GDP report showed a 0.2% increase from the last quarter of 2009, when a 0.4% expansion pushed Britain out of the recession. Last week the Loonie hit its strongest price against the USD in 22 months, gaining beyond parity as investors speculated the Bank of Canada will raise rates before the U.S. in Frankfurt), up from 1.3230 that morning. Greece's request of the bailout fund comes one day after the yield on the country's benchmark two-year note topped 11%, approaching that of Pakistan, and Moody's Investors Service lowered Greece's creditworthiness by one notch to A3, saying it was considering further cuts. The Euro's 12% drop in the past five months has made German exports more competitive outside the currency bloc and as a result, German manufacturing is expanding at a record pace. Excluding car and parts dealers, the so called Core retail sales slipped 0.1% in February, Statistics Canada said. The pound tumbled 0.4% to .5318 following the report, from .5397. According to the Greek Prime Minister, Europe's response to the Greek fiscal crisis shows that the bloc will do whatever is necessary to protect its unilateral currency. The EUR/USD closed at 0.87027, down 0.82% from the day's opening price of 0.86318. On April 20th, the Bank of Canada announced that the time for holding its benchmark interest rate at a record low 0.25% in order to spur growth «is passing» as the country's economy rebounds from a global recession. With Greece facing €8.5 billion of bonds maturing May 19, finance ministers are seeking a swift resolution of the talks. Greece is currently negotiating the terms of a bailout worth as much as €45 billion this year as investors continue to doubt that that the tiny Mediterranean nation can finance itself after its budget deficit totaled 13.6% of gross domestic product last year. According to Blake Jespersen, director of foreign exchange in Toronto at Bank of Montreal, the nation's fourth-largest lender an announcement such as this one «really sets the market up for probably five consecutive hikes from the Bank of Canada, which should keep the Canadian dollar on a firm footing for quite some time.»
On Friday, Statistic Canada announced that the country's  annual inflation rate unexpectedly slowed in March to 1.4% from 1.6% the previous month, as clothing and mortgage interest expenses declined while gasoline costs rose.  The Core rate, which excludes the eight most volatile items, slipped to 1.7% from 2.1%. 
On a positive note, Canadian retail sales had increased for their third straight month, rising by 0.5% to C billion (.9 billion). Unfortunately, the Euro was unable to fully recover from Thursday's detrimental losses and fell for a second week in a row to close at .33837, up 0.88% from the day's opening price but down 0.78% from the week's opening price. On Friday, the single currency managed to rally against the US Dollar, as German business confidence rose more than expected to hit a two year high in April. Across the Channel, the U.K economy grew half as much as expected in the first quarter of this year, highlighting that Britain still continues to struggle with its recovery. Later today, the European Central Bank president, Jean-Claude Trichet will speak (1730GMT). Last Thursday, the Euro plunged to a new one year low of .32574 after a EuroStat report that Greece's budget deficit was larger than previously thought. Across the border, the Canadian dollar posted its biggest five-day gain in three weeks as the central bank signaled that arate hike could possibly happen as soon as June 1st. Orders for durable goods fell 1.3% in March to a seasonally adjusted 6.7 billion after a 1.1% gain in February. A soon-to-expire tax break combined with low mortgage rates and favorable weather sent new home sales flying past market expectations 326K, to hit 411K. However, excluding transportation goods, the core rate showed a rise of 2.8% to 6.5 billion in March, the fastest increase since the recession began in December 2007. However, the department of Commerce reported on Friday, that the demand for U.S. -made durable goods dropped for the first time in four months as orders for new aircraft plunged 67%.  
On Friday, the US Census Bureau reported that New-Home sales jumped 27% in March, the most since April 1963. Forex trading: «Europe and the members of the euro zone, are committed to a common currency and will defend it at any cost,» Greece's Finance Minister George Papaconstantinou told reporters yesterday in Washington, following his meeting with the International Monetary Fund and World Bank. Following the release of the better than expected report, the euro rose to trade at .3335 (at 11 a.m.

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