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Forex: EUR/USD breaks below 1.3100

FXstreet.com (Córdoba) - The bounce of the euro versus the dollar quickly found resistance at the 1.3145 level, forcing the cross to resume the slide at the beginning of the New York session. The downside pressure for EUR/USD was fueled by Buba's Weidmann saying that ECB may adjust rates if new information warrants.

Meanwhile, with indexes opening negatively in Wall Street, the euro and other risky assets failed to find respite as market sentiment remains fragile.

EUR/USD broke below previous lows and the 1.3100 mark, stretching to a low of 1.3075 in recent dealings. At time of writing, EUR/USD is trading around 1.3080, 100 pips or 0.7% below its opening price. On the downside, the 200-hour SMA around 1.3070 should offer immediate support followed by 1.3020 (Apr 15 low).

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Forex: USD/CHF approaches 0.9300 on Buba’s Weidmann remark

Mirroring the EUR/USD movement the other way around, the USD/CHF is being pumped as the US session unfolds with less demand for the EUR and CHF. Behind the move is investors’ reaction to Buba’s Weidmann remarks, saying the ECB may adjust rate. The pair left the 0.9245 area and climbed all the way up to 0.9294 high, threatening to tackle the 0.9300 mark.
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