The European Single Currency, euro edged higher on Friday, October 13, on track for its biggest weekly rise in a month as investors switched focus from the euro zone’s political concerns to its brightening economic outlook.
Appetite for the single currency was also supported by strong Chinese trade data for September and a weakening dollar following cautious comments from U.S. policymakers.
“If the European economic recovery continues and the ECB pushes ahead with policy normalisation, we will see the euro trade above 1.30 within 18 months or so,” said Kit Juckes, an FX strategist at Societe Generale in London.
The single currency was trading 0.1 percent higher at $1.1839 on Friday. It has gained 1 percent so far this week, putting it on course for its biggest rise since the week of Sept. 9.
European Central Bank policymakers broadly agreed to extend asset purchases at a lower volume at their October policy meeting with views converging on a nine-month extension, five people with direct knowledge of the discussion told Reuters.
The dollar was set for its biggest weekly drop in more than a month as U.S. Treasury yields stayed near recent lows before U.S. inflation data.
The dollar index, which tracks the currency against a basket of six major peers, was 0.1 percent lower at 92.970, and poised to shed 0.9 percent for the week.
The index had risen to a 10-week peak of 94.267 last Friday after robust U.S. wages data hardened expectations for a December Federal Reserve rate hike, but it has slipped through the week along with a steady decline in Treasury yields.