Euro tanks after surprise interest rate cut

London  (Sept 4)   The euro slid sharply after the  European Central Bank  surprised traders by trimming its main interest rate to a record low of 0.05 percent from the previous low of 0.15 percent.

 Europe's  single currency, which has been in retreat over the past few weeks on expectations that the ECB may pursue further stimulus measures, fell 0.9 percent to  $1.3023  following news of the cut. The euro is now at its lowest level since  July 2013  .

Financial markets will be keeping a close watch on the upcoming press briefing from ECB President  Mario Draghi  . There are expectations that he may announce further measures, such as a Federal Reserve-style monetary stimulus of large-scale bond purchases, to boost the ailing economy of the 18-country eurozone.

Source:  AP