Sunday, December 27, 2009

Dollar Gains on Speculation U.S. Companies Bringing Back Funds

The dollar gained versus the euro and yen on speculation U.S. companies are bringing back earnings on overseas assets before the end of the year. The greenback strengthened against 13 of its 16 major counterparts on prospects U.S. reports tomorrow will show the world’s largest economy is recovering, backing the case for the Federal Reserve to withdraw emergency stimulus measures. The yen fell for the first time in four days versus the dollar after Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama unveiled a record budget of 92.3 trillion yen ($1 trillion).

“There seems to be last minute repatriation by U.S. firms before year end,” said Yuji Saito, head of the foreign exchange group in Tokyo at Societe Generale SA. “This is helping to boost the dollar.” The dollar rose to $1.4372 per euro as of 8:30 a.m. in Tokyo from $1.4411 in New York on Dec. 25. The U.S. currency advanced to 91.55 yen from 91.11 yen. The euro traded at 131.57 yen from 131.64 yen.....Read the entire article.

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