RPT-FOREX-Euro at 2-mo low vs dollar as bailout fears abound

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* Euro falls below 200-day moving average around $1.3130

* Euro seen dropping to $1.30

* U.S. economic data could sway market sentiment
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By Julie Haviv

NEW YORK, Nov 29 (BestGrowthStock) – The euro hit a two-month low against
the dollar on Monday and may face further losses after Ireland’s
rescue did little to erase investors’ fears that another euro-zone
economy may require a bailout.

At one point, the euro fell (Read more about the trembling euro. ) as low as $1.3065, its worst showing
against the dollar since September. It last changed hands down 0.9
percent at $1.3121 (EUR=: ).

Analysts said uncertainty surrounding the fiscal outlook of the
euro zone’s peripheral countries could push the euro as low as $1.30.
The euro fell (Read more about the trembling euro. ) below the 200-day moving average around $1.3130. The
currency’s drop below $1.3080 — the 50 percent retracement from its
June low to its November high — was another bearish indicator.

“There is a real possibility the euro could hit $1.30 by the end
of the week,” said Omer Esiner, chief market analyst at Commonwealth
Foreign Exchange in Washington D.C. “Given the momentum already in
place, the euro will likely be between $1.29 and $1.32 at the end of
the year.”

European Union finance ministers endorsed an 85-billion-euro
rescue package for Dublin and approved outlines of a permanent
crisis-resolution system that could make private bondholders share
the burden of restructuring sovereign debt after 2013.

Matthew Strauss, currency strategist at RBC Capital Markets in
Toronto, said neither the agreement nor the official announcement was
able to turn sentiment around.

Many analysts say markets are still likely to turn on Portugal
and Spain, seen as the euro zone’s next weakest links. [ID:nWEA2085]

The negative euro backdrop is now being reinforced by an
increasingly bearish technical backdrop and levels of below $1.30
seem plausible in the near future, he wrote.

Sentiment remained fragile, with a sale of Italian bonds meeting
lukewarm demand and highlighting investors’ unease about euro-zone
debt. [ID:nTAR001551] Also, the cost of ensuring Portuguese and
Spanish debt against default rose to a record high on Monday.

Many traders said the European Financial Stability Facility, a
joint EU-International Monetary Fund reserve created in May, may not
have enough funds to support Spain if it needs help. [ID:nLDE6AR09R]


Euro zone crisis timeline: http://link.reuters.com/nyx95q

Multimedia coverage: http://r.reuters.com/hus75h

Graphic on sovereign debt woes: http://r.reuters.com/zem66q
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Commodity and Futures Trading Commission data on Monday showed
speculators were betting against the euro in the latest week for the
first time since mid-September. [ID:nN29228230]

Elsewhere, the euro fell (Read more about the trembling euro. ) 0.7 percent to 110.58 yen (EURJPY=: )
while the dollar rose 0.2 percent to 84.24 yen (JPY=: ), off a
two-month high of 84.41 yen hit earlier.

There is plenty of U.S. economic data this week that has the
potential to sway market sentiment, culminating with Friday’s
November payrolls report.

Esiner said if data surprises to the upside, it will bode well
for the dollar,

“The dollar had suffered from an overly pessimistic view of the
U.S. recovery, so if there is good news about the U.S. economy, we
should see additional unwinding of short dollar positions into the
year-end,” he said.

“That suggests the broader fiscal backdrop in the euro zone could
remain troubled for longer, particularly if other, larger countries
also require bailout programs,” wrote Bob Lynch, currency strategist
at HSBC in New York.
(Reporting by Julie Haviv; Additional reporting by Gertrude
Chavez-Dreyfuss; Editing by Jan Paschal)

RPT-FOREX-Euro at 2-mo low vs dollar as bailout fears abound