EUR/USD get ECB Boost as Optimism Rises

The euro strengthened to a four-week high against the dollar as European Central Bank President Mario Draghi said the region’s economy should recover this year.
The 17-nation currency rose against all 16 of its major peers after the ECB refrained from cutting its main refinancing rate at a monthly policy meeting and Draghi also said there was no need to introduce additional stimulus measures at this stage. The pound gained versus the dollar as the Bank of England kept its asset-purchase target and benchmark rate unchanged. The Australian dollar slid to the weakest since 2011 as the nation’s shrinking interest-rate advantage reduced the currency’s allure.

via Bloomberg

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Alfonso Esparza

Alfonso Esparza

Senior Currency Analyst at Market Pulse
Alfonso Esparza specializes in macro forex strategies for North American and major currency pairs. Upon joining OANDA in 2007, Alfonso Esparza established the MarketPulseFX blog and he has since written extensively about central banks and global economic and political trends. Alfonso has also worked as a professional currency trader focused on North America and emerging markets. He has been published by The MarketWatch, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Globe and Mail, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Bloomberg and BNN. He holds a finance degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and an MBA with a specialization on financial engineering and marketing from the University of Toronto.
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