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Asset manager clients of UBS AG (UBS) last week sold euros at the fastest pace since November 2011, the bank said Monday, illustrating a "torrid" week for the single currency.
Overall euro flows for the period were the second-largest of the year so far, the Swiss bank, the fourth-largest currencies-dealer by market share, said in a note to clients.
"The biggest damage to the currency was done not [against the dollar] but against the [Swiss franc]," the bank added, with total sales in the euro against the franc the third-strongest on record, with particularly heavy selling from hedge funds.
There is speculation a break of the Swiss National Bank's limit of CHF1.20 to the euro is possible, it added.
"A Greek exit from the euro zone would prove a stern test for the SNB," it said.
The euro fell by over 2% against the dollar last week, reaching a four-month low of $1.2642 Friday amid heightened concerns that Greece, beset by concern it may not meet conditions for bailout financing keeping the country afloat, may be forced from the 17-nation euro zone.
The euro traded now at $1.2745.
- By Katie Martin, Dow Jones Newswires; 44 20 7842 9346; firstname.lastname@example.org