Investing.com - The euro remained lower against the U.S. dollar in subdued trade on Monday, as concerns final U.S. budget negotiations will fail weighed on risk sentiment.
EUR/USD hit 1.3176 during early European trade, the session low; the pair subsequently consolidated at 13182, falling 0.26%.
The pair was likely to find support at 1.3144, the low of December 17 and resistance at 1.3256, the high of December 28.
Market players remained focused on developments surrounding the fiscal cliff in the U.S., approximately USD600 billion in automatic tax hikes and spending cuts due to come into effect on January 1 unless Democrats and Republicans agree how to cut the deficit.
U.S. President Barack Obama met with congressional leaders at the White House Friday afternoon, but both sides failed to reach an agreement ahead of the looming year-end deadline.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said the Senate would resume sitting on Monday to continue discussions, but there were still significant differences between the two sides.
Sentiment found some support however, after a report from HSBC released earlier confirmed that manufacturing activity in China expanded at the fastest pace since May 2011 in December. The final version of China's HSBC Purchasing Managers Index rose to 51.5 in December from a final reading of 50.5 in November.
The euro was also lower against the pound with EUR/GBP shedding 0.32%, to hit 0.8151.
Trading volumes were expected to remain thin as many investors already closed books to lock in profit before the end of the year, reducing liquidity in the market and increasing the volatility.
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