The US dollar traded lower against major currencies after the release of some economic reports in New York morning trading on Thursday. The greenback dropped to a 6-day low against the euro, a 13-day low versus the franc and a 3-day low against the yen.
According to a report released by the U.S. Labor Department today, the consumer price index rose by 0.4 percent in January, matching the revised increase seen in December. Economists had expected consumer prices to increase by 0.3 percent compared to the 0.5 percent growth originally reported for the previous month.
The Labor Department also said that initial jobless claims rose by 25,000 to 410,000 from the previous week’s revised figure of 385,000. Economists had expected jobless claims to rise to 410,000 from the 383,000 originally reported for the previous week.
Continuing claims, a reading on the number of people receiving ongoing unemployment help, also edged up to 3.911 million from the preceding week’s revised level of 3.910 million.
In an another economic report, the U.S. Conference Board said its leading indicators index edged up by 0.1 percent in January following a downwardly revised 0.8 percent increase in December. Economists had expected the index to increase by 0.2 percent compared to the 1.0 percent growth originally reported for the previous month.
The greenback declined further against the euro in today’s New York morning deals and fell to a 6-day low of 1.3615 by about 10:30 am ET. Currently, greenback is trading near 1.3609 versus the euro from yesterday’s closing value of 1.3570.
On the economic front, a flash report from the European Commission showed that Eurozone consumer confidence indicator rose to minus 9.9 in February from minus 11.2 in January, while economists’ expectations were for a modest increase to minus 11.
Against its Swiss counterpart, the greenback dropped further during New York morning and slipped to a 13-day low of 0.9481 as of 10:20 am ET. The dollar-franc pair that closed Wednesday’s New York session at 0.9596, is now trading at 0.9504.
The US currency extended its previous session’s downward trading against the Japanese yen in morning trading today. The dollar fell to a 3-day low of 83.17 versus the yen by about 10:30 am ET, compared to 83.69 hit late New York Wednesday. At present, the pair is trading at 83.25.
The US dollar traded lower against the British pound in North American morning deals today. The greenback is presently trading near 1.6187 versus the sterling, which may be compared to yesterday’s close of 1.6098.
Against the Australian and New Zealand currencies, the greenback also showed weakness in today’s morning trading and currently trading near fresh multi-day lows of 1.0122 and 0.7592, respectively.