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Dollar Drifts, Traders Cast Gaze Toward FOMC for Taper Clues

TOKYO (Reuters) - The dollar languished near the middle of its range of the past month versus major peers on Thursday, as traders looked to next week’s Federal Reserve policy meeting for indications on how soon the U.S central bank will start to taper stimulus.

The dollar index, which measures the currency against six rivals, was at 92.506, little changed from Wednesday.

It reached a two-week high of 92.887 at the start of the week, only to drop to a one-week low of 92.321 on Tuesday after a softer-than-expected inflation report. Its low for the month was 91.941, hit on Sept. 3, when payrolls data disappointed.

“We’re waiting for the FOMC next week - that remains the key focus,” said Shinichiro Kadota, senior FX strategist at Barclays in Tokyo. “I don’t think the dollar is going to go too far in either direction (before that).”

The Federal Open Market Committee’s (FOMC) two-day policy meeting ending Sept. 22 should provide some clarity on the outlook for both tapering and eventual interest rate hikes.

Tapering typically lifts the dollar as it suggests the Fed is one step closer to tighter monetary policy.

It also means the central bank will be buying fewer debt assets, in effect reducing the amount of dollars in circulation, which in turn lifts the currency’s value.

The dollar eased 0.1% to 109.24 yen, after sliding to a six-week low of 109.110 in the previous session.

The euro was mostly flat at $1.18095, consolidating between the month’s high and low of $1.1909 and $1.17705.

Kadota said the yen’s strong performance on Wednesday may have been helped by foreign flows into Japanese stocks, with the Nikkei reaching a multi-decade high this week, as well as traders covering of short positions.


Elsewhere, Norway’s crown was little changed at 8.5776 per dollar, edging back toward the more than two-month high of 8.5598 reached overnight amid a rally in oil prices.

Against the euro, the crown touched its strongest level since June 25 at 10.1119.

“EURNOK is one of the preferred exposures to play a rising crude price, and we’re seeing a solid bearish trend here,” Chris Weston, head of research at broker Pepperstone in Melbourne, wrote in a note to clients.

“If Brent and WTI crude are headed for their respective double tops then EURNOK is going one way in my view.”

The Australian dollar slipped back toward the lowest this month as Dalian iron ore prices slumped to a new low for the year.

The Aussie lost 0.16% to $0.7322, after dipping to $0.73015 on Wednesday for the first time since Aug. 31.

Earlier, data showed the country’s jobless rate unexpectedly fell to 4.5%, but the statistics bureau said the change reflected a drop in the participation rate rather than a strengthening of the labour market.

The New Zealand dollar was almost flat at $0.7110, giving up an earlier jump of as much as 0.47% after the economy grew at a much faster pace than expected. The strong gross domestic product data reinforced the view that the central bank will start lifting interest rates despite a recent outbreak of the coronavirus.


Currency bid prices at 0536 GMT

Description RIC Last U.S. Close Pct Change YTD Pct High Bid Low Bid

Previous Change



$1.1807 $1.1816 -0.07% -3.36% 1.1820 1.1807


109.2550 109.3500 -0.09% 5.77% 109.4550 109.2250


129.00 129.20 -0.15% 1.64% 129.3400 129.0000


0.9203 0.9197 0.07% 4.02% 0.9204 0.9195


1.3834 1.3843 -0.07% 1.26% 1.3852 1.3834


1.2637 1.2624 0.07% -0.79% 1.2640 1.2618


0.7320 0.7334 -0.18% -4.83% 0.7345 0.7321


Dollar/Dollar 0.7110 0.7110 0.01% -0.99% 0.7140 0.7109

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Reporting by Kevin Buckland; Editing by Ana Nicolaci da Costa

Source: Reuters

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