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April 18, 2014Interbank mid-market spot exchange rate indications for transaction amounts greater than US $1 million equivalent - Rates reflect North America a.m. Eastern Time opening levels.

CountryCurrencyExchange Rate
Czech RepublicKoruna19.8541
New ZealandDollar$.8585
South AfricaRand10.4473

News & Events

April 18, 2014
The Japanese Yen slipped to a 10 day low vs the US Dollar following some encouraging US economic data and growing optimism over a diplomatic initiative seeking an end to the violence in the Ukraine. Safe haven buying of the Yen eased somewhat after the European Union, Russia, Ukraine and the United States called for an immediate halt to the violence in the region. US manufacturing in the Mid Atlantic region accelerated in April, following on the heels of fairly bullish data on retail sales and industrial production. Improved US economic data was sparking optimism of an upswing in economic activity after a brutally cold winter. The Euro held steady against the US currency. European Central Bank memember Mersch offered the latest concern by ECB officials over the ramifications of the strengthening single currency. He added that a 'sustained appreciation' in the Euro would trigger a reaction from the ECB. Last weekend, ECB President Draghi identified the Euro's strength as a possible trigger for easing policy. The English Pound held near a 4 year high vs the greenback in the aftermath of yesterday's better than expected UK jobless report, which sparked expectations that the Bank of England would look to raise interest rates sooner than its peers. Trading is expected to be subdued today as many financial centers were closed for Easter.
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