The U.S. dollar jumped to a five-year high against the euro on Thursday, following European Central Bank (ECB) President Mario Draghi’s comments.
Draghi hinted that uncertainties related to international trade tensions, emerging market turmoil and geopolitical risks continue to plague the outlook for the euro zone’s economy. That probably set off market expectations of a dovish stance from the ECB, at least for the near-term. The euro was -0.18% lower against the dollar at $1.136, after falling as low as $1.1308 - its lowest since Dec. 17.
What could have potentially added to the dollar’s upside was strong labor market conditions in the U.S. Latest official figures revealed that the number of applicants for unemployment benefits fell to more than a 49-year low last week in the U.S. The dollar index - which tracks the US dollar’s value against a basket of other currencies like the euro, yen, British pound and three others - was up +0.15% at 96.265