Euro advances on rise in German bund yields, Greek talks eyed

Euro advances on rise in German bund yields, Greek talks eyedThe euro edged up against major currencies as German bund yields resumed its rise on Thursday after the ECB hinted to the bank would not add more stimulus because of rising European debt yields.

German bund yields, the benchmark for European borrowing costs, hit a peak of 0.99 percent on Thursday, where the spread between them and U.S. Treasury yields with same maturity narrowed to its tightest in four months.

On Wednesday, the ECB lift its inflation forecasts for 2015 to 0.3 percent in 2015, instead of 0.0 percent estimate in March.

A report released this week showed that euro area consumer prices soared to 0.3 percent in the year through May.

Although Greece has not reached an accord with its creditors, the euro rose on hopes the deal would be reached soon as negotiation showed progress.

Dutch Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem said the negotiations with Greek Prime Minister Alex Tsipras held on Wednesday evening were “good” and that talks between the Greek government and its creditors will resume “in a few days.”

Tsipras calmed down investors by revealing the government in Athens is due to repay the 300 million euros to the IMF on Friday.

Against the dollar, the euro advanced for a third straight session to trade around 1.3414 as the dollar remained under pressure before the release of U.S. non-farm payrolls data on Friday.

Later in the day, the U.S. will release its unemployment claims data for last week, where initial jobless claims may show a drop to 280,000 from 282,000 a week earlier.

The EURJPY resumed its rally for an eight straight session to trade around 140.78.

Ahmed Mamdouh

Ahmed Mamdouh, Co-Founder and Head of English Fundamental Analysis at, with 7 years of experience in the financial markets. Mamdouh holds a Master’s Degree in Economics from The American University in Cairo and a Bachelor Degree in Economics from The Faculty of Economics and Political Science, Cairo University.

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