Forex - USD/CHF rises to near 2-week highs in risk-off trade

A A A - The U.S. dollar rose to near two-week highs against the Swiss franc on Wednesday, as concerns over the financial situation in the euro zone and ongoing political uncertainty in Italy boosted demand for the safe haven greenback.

USD/CHF hit 0.9514 during European morning trade, the pair's highest since March 14; the pair subsequently consolidated at 0.9520, rising 0.43%.

The pair was likely to find support at 0.9472, Tuesday's low and resistance at 0.9533, the high of March 13.

Markets were jittery amid fears the bailout deal for Cyprus could set a precedent for future bailouts in larger euro zone states with troubled financial sectors, with bank depositors and bond holders forced to foot the bill.

Elsewhere, talks in Italy aimed at forming a coalition government continued after general elections in late February resulted in a political stalemate, amid growing concerns that the country may have to return to the polls.

In Switzerland, the KOF Economic Research Agency said its economic barometer declined to 0.99 in March, from a reading of 1.04 the previous month. Analysts had expected the index to tick down to 1.02 this month.

The Swissie was higher against the euro with EUR/CHF slipping 0.13%, to hit 1.2178.

Later in the day, the U.S. was to produce industry data in pending home sales and a government report on crude oil stockpiles. - offers an extensive set of professional tools for the Forex, Commodities, Futures and the Stock Market including real-time data streaming, a comprehensive economic calendar, as well as financial news and technical & fundamental analysis by in-house experts.
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