The dollar turned lower on Tuesday, giving back gains from the previous session after government figures showed U.S. wholesale prices rose in September more than forecast.
The buck then accelerated to the downside on a Guardian report saying that France and Germany have reached agreement to boost the eurozone’s rescue fund to 2 trillion euros.
The deal between the two European powers comes after Moody’s said it was putting France’s AAA rating on review due the costs of bailing out its profligate neighbors.
The inflation figures raise hopes that the U.S. economy is picking up in the third quarter following a dismal performance earlier in the year.
With energy prices on the rise again, the U.S. producer price index jumped by 0.8 percent in September, according to figures released Tuesday by the Labor Department, with the index showing a notable increase after holding level in August and rising by just 0.2 percent in July.
The dollar fell sharply to $1.38 versus the euro, down a penny from its early highs near $1.3650.
The buck also tumbled versus other riskier counterparts, slipping to $1.5735 from $1.5625 versus the sterling.
Rising crude oil prices drove the dollar down to C$1.0140 versus its Canadian counterpart.
In other economic news, China’s gross domestic product expanded at the slowest pace in nearly two years in the third quarter, adding to evidence the economy is heading towards a soft landing as government efforts to cool inflation slowly takes effect.
Confidence among German investors dropped to its weakest level in nearly three years in October as subdued domestic economic activity triggered concerns that the debt crisis is seeping into Eurozone’s largest economy.