The euro rose to the highest in more than four years versus the yen after a German report showed Europe’s economic recovery may be gaining momentum, easing speculation the central bank will cut interest rates further.
Australia’s dollar fell against all of its 16 most-traded peers amid speculation the nation’s central bank will take steps to curb the currency’s strength. The yen reached a four-month low versus the dollar after Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said he will do his utmost to restrict an increase in long-term yields. Futures traders increased their bets that the yen will decline against the dollar to the most in six years.
“It looks like we’re going to see the euro zone return to genuine growth in 2014,” said Andrew Wilkinson, chief economic strategist at Miller Tabak & Co. in New York. “There seems to be a finite magnitude in terms of how far the ECB can go to cut rates. That’s no longer driving investors away from the euro.”
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