Currencies AUD/USD Australiaís dollar fell from near the highest level in more than two months after Chinese exports and imports trailed economistsí forecasts, damping the South Pacific nationís 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.