* Euro hits nearly one-week high against dollar * Traders brace for smaller ECB bond-buying program than expected * Dollar falls against yen after BoJ keeps stimulus unchanged (Updates to U.S. trading, adds comments, changes byline, dateline, previous LONDON) By Sam Forgione NEW YORK, Jan 21 (Reuters) – The dollar fell against the euro on Read More – – The dollar pushed lower against the other major currencies on Wednesday, after the release of mixed U.S. housing reports, although the greenback still continued to trade within close distance of recent 12-year highs. In a report, the U.S. Commerce Department said that the number of building permits issued last month Read More

* Thursday ECB meeting expected to set stimulus measures * Dollar index weakens against euro * SPDR gold fund sees strong inflows (Updates prices, adds comment) By Marcy Nicholson and Clara Denina NEW YORK/LONDON, Jan 21 (Reuters) – Gold pared gains on Wednesday, after climbing above $ 1,300 an ounce for the first time since Read More

The quickly appreciating U.S. dollar could begin to weigh on corporate earnings, especially among large-cap S&P 500 stocks and related exchange traded funds with significant overseas exposure. The SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY) , which tries to reflect the performance of the S&P 500 index, has increased 11.5% over the past year but is down Read More – – The dollar trimmed losses against the other major currencies on Wednesday, inching its way back toward recent 12-year highs as investors turned their attention to the European Central Bank’s upcoming policy meeting on Thursday. Earlier Wednesday, the U.S. Commerce Department said that the number of building permits issued last month Read More

The U.S. dollar Index is trading lower Wednesday ahead of U.S. housing data is due out at 8:30 a.m. ET. Housing Starts for December are expected to be 1030K versus 1028K. Building Permits for December are expected to be 1050K versus 1035K. However the predominant market talk is now coming out of Europe and the Read More

After Switzerland shocked markets by scrapping its currency cap, investors are beginning to ask whether a policy surprise may be lurking for the dollar, too. Samson Capital Advisors LLC said the Swiss move, which sent the franc surging as much as 41 percent against the euro last week, was “a good reminder” of the risks Read More

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