EUR, GBP, JPY: April 24, 2015

EUR/USD

The euro remained higher against the U.S. dollar on Thursday despite a disappointing euro PMI’s. In a report by market research group Markit on Thursday, Germany’s manufacturing PMI ticked down to 54.2 this month from a reading of 55.4 in March, while the services PMI slipped to 54.4 in April from 55.4 the previous month. Markit also said that France’s manufacturing PMI fell to 48.4 this month from 48.8 in March, while the services PMI slipped to 50.8 in April from a reading of 52.4 the previous month. Meanwhile, German Chancellor Angela Merkel was expected to tell Greece’s prime minister in a meeting on Thursday that she wants to keep Greece in the euro zone and avoid a default, but will need commitments in technical talks on measures to make public finances sustainable.

EUR/USD

GBP/USD

The pound slid lower against the U.S. dollar on Thursday, after the release of disappointing retail sales. In a report, the Office for National Statistics said that U.K. retail sales fell 0.5% last month, compared to expectations for a 0.4% rise and after a downwardly revised increase of 0.6% in February.

GBP/USD

USD/JPY

The dollar turned broadly lower against the Japanese yen on Thursday, after data showed that U.S. jobless claims rose unexpectedly last week and that U.S. new home sales dropped far more than expected in March.

USD/JPY

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