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Euro Climbs After ECB Weidmann's Remarks

03/26/2018 - 08:20:00 (RTTNews)

(RTTNews) - The euro strengthened against its most major counterparts in the European session on Monday, following comments from the European Central Bank Governing Council Member Jens Weidmann that market expectations for a rate increase by the ECB around the middle of next year were "not completely unrealistic".

The ECB should begin policy normalization without any delay, Weidmann, who also heads Bundesbank, said in Vienna.

Hopes for a rate hike around mid-2019 are "not completely unrealistic," he added.

The "diversity of views" on the Governing Council is an advantage, he said. "So long as we agree on the goal, it surely can't be a bad thing to discuss the right way to get there."

Sentiment improved as concerns eased over the U.S. action of selective imposition of import tariffs.

U.S. Treasury Secretary offered an olive branch to China over possible sanctions, helping raise expectations that the U.S. trade policy will be more selective and tactical than first feared to give Washington leverage in pushing for big change.

The euro area is set to continue expanding buoyed by global economic activity growth and export demand, according to Eurozone Economic Outlook jointly published by Ifo Institute, Italy's statistical office Istat and the KOF Swiss Economic Institute.

Gross domestic product is forecast to grow 0.6 percent each in the first and second quarters of 2018. But it is expected to slow slightly to 0.5 percent in the third quarter.

The currency traded mixed against its major opponents in the Asian session. While it held steady against the pound and the greenback, it rose against the yen and the franc.

The single currency climbed to a 6-day high of 1.1745 against the franc, near 3-week high of 1.2417 against the greenback and a 4-day high of 130.53 against the yen, off its early lows of 1.1690, 1.2350 and 129.28, respectively. The euro is poised to test resistance around 1.20 against the franc, 1.26 against the greenback and 132.5 against the yen.

The single currency recovered to 1.6054 against the aussie, from an early low of 1.5976. The next possible upside target for the euro is seen around the 1.62 level.

The euro reversed from an early low of 1.5888 against the loonie, rising to a 5-day high of 1.6004. On the upside, 1.61 is seen as the next resistance level for the euro.

The 19-nation currency bounced off to 1.7043 against the kiwi, from a 10-day low of 1.6969 hit at 2:15 am ET. The next likely resistance for the euro is seen around the 1.72 level.

Data from Statistics New Zealand showed that New Zealand recorded a merchandise trade surplus of NZ$217 million in February.

That exceeded expectations for a deficit of NZ$100 million following the downwardly revised NZ$655 million deficit in January.

On the flip side, the euro was defensive against the pound with the pair trading at 0.8725. Next key support for the euro is seen around the 0.86 level.

Figures from UK Finance showed that UK mortgage approvals declined in February.

The number of loans approved for house purchases fell more-than-expected to 38,120 from 40,031 in January. The expected level was 39,000.

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