Dollar slips vs. euro on Greek aid plan

By Ben Rooney, staff reporter

NEW YORK ( -- The dollar fell versus the euro Monday after the European Union announced additional steps to aid Greece, but the decline was tempered ahead of corporate financial results.

What prices are doing: The dollar was down 0.7% versus the euro to $1.3592. The greenback edged up slightly against the U.K. pound to $1.5369 and against the Japanese yen to ¥93.25.

What's moving the market: The euro rallied after EU finance chiefs pledged Sunday to commit up to $40 billion in loans to Greece if it were to request a bailout.

The move eased some concerns that the fiscal crisis in Greece could spread and hurt economic activity across Europe, boosting demand for risky assets.

But the euro backed off earlier highs as stock markets in London, Paris and Frankfurt turned mixed.

Traders were also digested quarterly results from aluminum producer Alcoa (AA, Fortune 500), which reported a slim operating profit thanks to higher metal prices but missed on revenue. The Dow component was the first company to report first-quarter results after the bell Monday.

Overall, first-quarter earnings are expected to have risen nearly 37% over the year-earlier period, according to Thomson Reuters. Revenue is forecast to have risen 10%

What analysts are saying: "Near-term prospects look supportive for risky assets, hinting at losses for the safety-linked U.S. dollar and Japanese yen against their major counterparts," Ilya Spivak, currency strategist at DailyFx, wrote in a note to clients.

In addition to the updated Greek "bailout scheme," he said Alcoa's earnings "may also prove market-moving." To top of page

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