The euro fell under $1.28 after 14 months after data showed that German business confidence declined more than expected, leading to speculation the European Central Bank will boost stimulus.
The shared currency plunged to $1.2787 as of 1:18 p.m. New York time and touched $1.2774, its weakest level since July 2013. It fell 0.5 percent to trade at 139.20 yen and hit 139, its weakest level since Sept. 7. The Japan’s currency surged by up to 0.4 percent to 108.46 per dollar before easing to 108.87. It touched 109.46 on Sept. 19, the lowest since 2008.
“We’re absolutely bearish on the euro,” Jennifer Vail, a Minneapolis-based head of fixed income at U.S. Bank Wealth Management, told Bloomberg News. “It used to be that you could hail Germany as the shining star, but that’s not the case anymore.”
Norway’s kroner fell after the country’s unemployment rate surprisingly grew. The currency dropped 0.5 percent to trade at 6.3870 per dollar and fell 0.2 percent to 8.1832 against euro before later easing to 8.1661. The ruble surged the most of U.S. dollar’s major counterparts after Russia’s Finance Ministry held its first debt sale in 10 weeks. The ruble advanced 1.2 percent to 38.1760 versus the dollar.
The euro dropped after German Ifo Institute reported that its business climate index fell to 104.7, its weakest since April 2013, compared with 106.3 in August. This follows Tuesday reports that indicated that euro-area services and manufacturing slowed down in September.
The U.S. dollar rose after new home sales rose 18 percent to an annual pace of 504,000 units in August, the strongest since May 2008, reported the Commerce Department on Wednesday. To register for a free 2-week subscription to ForexMinute Premium Plan, visit www.forexminute.com/newsletter.
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