The euro had its biggest weekly loss since December against the dollar as Greeceâ€™s anti-bailout party gained in the polls and amid a deepening crisis in Spain.
The shared currency fell for a fifth week versus the yen, the longest stretch since October, as German manufacturing shrank and the Bank of Japan (8301) refrained from adding stimulus to the economy. Brazilâ€™s real was the only winner against the dollar as the central bank sold currency-swap contracts. The dollars of Australia and New Zealand declined as reports showed the Chinese economy is stalling. A report June 1 is forecast to show U.S. employers added more jobs in May than the prior month.
â€œUncertainty is high, growth is poor and a Greek exit is a wild card,â€ said Aroop Chatterjee, a currency strategist at Barclays Plcâ€™s Barclays Capital unit in New York. â€œItâ€™s unlikely that the euro finds a bottom for a while even in a good state of the world.â€
The euro declined 2.1 percent on the week to $1.2517, touching $1.2496, the weakest since July 2010. The 17-nation currency declined 1.2 percent to 99.75, falling below 100 for the first time since February. The Japanese currency fell 0.8 percent to 79.68 per dollar.
Hedge funds and other large speculators increased wagers the euro will decline versus the dollar to a record high for a second consecutive week. So-called net shorts increased for a third week, totaling 195,361 in the period ended May 22 compares to 173,869 for the week before, according to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.
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