An exchange traded fund tied to the euro’s movements against the U.S. dollar was lower in Thursday’s preopen trading after the European Central Bank held interest rates steady at 1.5%.
CurrencyShares Euro Trust (NYSEArca: FXE) slipped 0.5% before the bell as the Eurozone’s common currency weakened versus the dollar. The currency ETF is up 5.7% year to date, according to Morningstar, as the euro has gained ground against the dollar despite the sovereign debt crisis in Europe.
Investors will be keeping tabs on a press conference later in the morning with ECB President Jean-Claude Trichet, who will discuss the decision with reporters.
The market is betting that Trichet will change course and signal a pause in the recent monetary tightening cycle, Reuters reported.