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Dollar edges down vs major peers, though stays strong on U.S. Economy

The dollar retreated from seven-week peak on Wednesday though main support for the currency remained solid amid a batch of factors, including an impressive U.S. economy and a steady path for the Federal Reserve to gradually tighten monetary policy.

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The dollar index was steady at 95.575, near 96.163 touched on Tuesday - its top since Aug. 20.

Versus the Japanese yen, the greenback advanced, trading at 113.04 yen.

The pound inched up 0.1 percent to an almost two-week peak of $1.3161, adding to a 0.4 percent rise in the previous session.

The euro was up 0.17 percent at $1.1511. The common currency slumped overnight to a seven-week trough of $1.14325 after yields on Italy’s 10-year paper scaled a 4-1/2 year peak.

The Aussie moved 0.2 percent higher to $0.7119 on the drop in U.S. bond yields and as prices for crucial commodity exports got benefit stable Chinese demand.

China’s yuan sank 0.1 percent to 6.9229 yuan a dollar in the offshore trading.

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