The dollar extended its streak of declines to the longest since April as economists forecast reports this week will show slowing factory output and a smaller gain in new home sales in the world’s largest economy.
The euro gained 0.3% to $1.3947 at 12:56 p.m. London time after appreciating to $1.3960, the strongest level since March 13. It reached $1.3967 that day, the most since October 2011. The 18-nation currency climbed 0.1% to 141.88 yen. The dollar fell 0.2% to 101.74 yen.
Ukraine sent additional police forces into eastern regions after pro-Russian protesters seized government buildings. In the U.S., technology stocks from Google Inc. to Yahoo Inc. rallied more than 2% after a three-day selloff
Brazil, the biggest sugar and coffee grower, had the driest January in six decades, scorching crops. Arctic-like cold is projected for the eastern two-thirds of the U.S. at the end of the month, boosting demand for natural gas.
A gnat-sized insect, the Asian citrus psyllid, forced Dean Mixon to replace about 1,000 orange trees in the past two years on the 50-acre Florida farm his grandfather started in the 1930s. The bug spreads a disease called citrus greening.