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AUD/USD Australia’s dollar fell from near the highest level in more than two months after Chinese exports and imports trailed economists’ forecasts, damping the South Pacific nation’s trade prospects.The Australian dollar slid to $1.0476 as of 5:02 p.m. in Sydney, down 0.1 percent from Dec. 7 when it capped a 0.6 percent weekly gain. On Dec. 6, it touched $1.0516, the highest since Sept. 21.
EUR/USD The euro fell against the dollar and yen for the first time in four weeks after the European Central Bank lowered its economic forecast for the region and policy makers discussed trimming benchmark interest rates.The shared currency fell 0.5 percent to $1.2927 in New York for the first weekly loss since Nov. 9. It touched $1.2877 on Dec. 7, the weakest since Nov. 23.
CAD/USD The Canadian dollar rose to the highest level in a month versus its U.S. counterpart as employers added almost six times as many jobs as forecast in November, countering recent signs of an economic slowdown. The loonie, as the currency is nicknamed for the image of the aquatic bird on the C$1 coin, appreciated 0.6 percent to 98.84 cents per U.S. dollar this week in Toronto. It touched 98.77 cents yesterday, strongest since Nov. 7. One Canadian dollar buys $1.0117.

Commodities

OIL Crude for January delivery rose as much as 52 cents to $86.45 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange and was at $86.41 at 2:25 p.m. Singapore time. The contract dropped 33 cents on Dec. 7 to $85.93, the lowest close since Nov. 15. Prices slid 3.4 percent last week and are down 13 percent this year.
Brent oil for January settlement on the London-based ICE Futures Europe exchange climbed as much as 66 cents, or 0.6 percent, to $107.68 a barrel. The European benchmark crude was at a premium of $21.25 to New York-traded West Texas Intermediate grade. The spread widened on Dec. 7 for the first time in seven days to $21.09.

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