* HSBC China PMI rises to 50.8 in June from 49.4 in May
* Canadian dollar extends gains after inflation shock
* Euro held back by Draghi comments, poor euro zone data
By Patrick Graham
LONDON, June 23 The Australian and New Zealand
dollars both jumped about half a percent on Monday after a
survey pointed to the first expansion in six months by China's
manufacturing, a sector that is crucial to world growth.
The Canadian dollar also reached a five-month high,
building on its 0.6 percent gain on Friday. Surprisingly high
inflation and robust retail sales made it look less likely the
central bank would maintain its accommodative policy stance.
The upbeat HSBC China PMI report offered relief to investors
fretting about the health of Australia's biggest export market
and a recent slide in iron ore prices. The Aussie rose to as
high as $0.9444, near its April 10 peak of $0.9461.
"There has just been a bit of a risk-on play this morning,"
said Stephen Gallo, head of European currency strategy at
Canadian bank BMO in London. "The Aussie, kiwi and Canadian
dollar all look wrapped up in that."
Gallo also said "short" bets on a weaker Canadian dollar - a
popular trade over the past year - had been squeezed since the
inflation numbers last week.
"I wouldn't advise going short here yet, but the move in
spot does look mainly like the result of positioning and
contrary to the long-term drivers for the (Canadian) dollar."
The Canadian dollar was last around C$1.0724 per U.S. dollar
, after touching a high of C$1.0717.
The euro inched down after flash purchasing manager surveys
from both Germany and France came in below expectations. But the
trend remained the same - robust growth in Europe's biggest
economy and a continuing struggle for some of its neighbours.
The data followed a weekend interview in which European
Central Bank chief Mario Draghi laid out the case for sticking
with the bank's current programme of stimulus. He also said
outright quantitative easing could be used if inflation
expectations deteriorated in the medium term.
"The PMI surveys say roughly the same thing as Draghi's
comments over the weekend: policy will stay very accommodative
in Europe for a long time to come," said a dealer with one
London bank. "We knew this already, so the reaction on the euro
has again been minimal."
The euro was last down 0.1 percent at $1.3590, close
to the day's lows of $1.35865 in Asian trade.
Against the yen, the dollar was just over 0.1 percent weaker
at 101.88 yen.
The British pound was firmer, trading at $1.7024,
up 0.1 percent from last week, on speculation the Bank of
England will raise interest rates before the end of this year.
It climbed to a 5 1/2-year high of $1.7064 last Thursday.
Bank of England policymaker David Miles tried to play down
those expectations, saying subdued inflation in Britain would
enable policymakers to raise interest rates gradually.
Still, many speculators are pouring funds into sterling,
searching for a trend in the absence of bigger moves by the
euro, dollar and yen. Data from a U.S. financial watchdog showed
speculators' long position in the pound futures hit the highest
level since late 2007 last week.
(Editing by Larry King)