Shekel gains on dollar weakness

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The dollar, which strengthened on world forex markets in May, is having a more difficult time in June.

The shekel is strengthening today against the dollar and weakening against the euro. In late morning inter-bank trading, the shekel-dollar exchange rate is down 0.48% against the dollar at NIS 3.558/$ and up 0.17% against the euro at 4.184/€.

Yesterday, the Bank of Israel set the shekel-dollar representative rate up 0.252% from Monday's exchange rate at NIS 3.575/$ and set the shekel-euro rate down 0.086% at 4.176/€.

While the dollar strengthened on world forex markets in May reaching a six month high against a basket of the world's major currencies, it is having a more difficult time in June. The new government in Italy has boosted the euro while President Trump's imposition of trade tariffs is weighing on the US currency.

Meanwhile, the shekel remains robust with the Israeli economy growing at over 4% annually and inflation moving towards the government's target range of 1%-3% annually. This will enable the Bank of Israel to raise interest rates in the final quarter of 2018.

Published by Globes [online], Israel business news - - on June 6, 2018

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