The Dollar Index, which tracks the dollar against the currencies of six major U.S. trading partners, dropped to 73.013 as of 8:50 a.m. in London from 73.519 in New York yesterday, after touching 72.871, the least since July 2008. The dollar declined to $1.4851 per euro from $1.4788 after sliding to $1.4882, the weakest since Dec. 7, 2009.
The Australian dollar climbed to a record against its U.S. counterpart amid speculation the South Pacific nation will raise rates to contain inflation. The U.S. currency depreciated versus 13 of its 16 most-actively traded peers and fell to its weakest level against the euro in more than 16 months. The yen appreciated versus most other major currencies after a report showed Japanese investors sold foreign assets last week.
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