* Dollar/yen, euro/dollar subdued before Thursday's ECB
* Overnight rise in US yields offer some support for dollar
* Weak Australian Q3 GDP data hits Aussie, kiwi firm
* Lower oil prices pull Canadian dollar away from 6-week
(Updates prices, adds details and quotes)
By Shinichi Saoshiro
TOKYO, Dec 7 The euro and dollar were steady on
Wednesday as traders paused for the outcome of Thursday's
European Central Bank policy meeting, which may set the tone for
currency markets after the sharp moves in the wake of last
month's U.S. election.
The euro was little changed at $1.0720 after slipping
0.5 percent overnight.
The common currency had slumped on Monday to $1.0505, its
lowest since March 2015, in a knee-jerk reaction after Italian
Prime Minister Matteo Renzi lost a referendum on constitutional
But it quickly jumped back to a 3-week high of $1.0797 on
the same day as a worst-case political scenario for Rome
appeared to have been averted for the time being.
"Some in the market may have gotten ahead of themselves and
excessively priced in the ECB mentioning policy tapering when
the euro surged on Monday," said Kyosuke Suzuki, director of
forex at Societe Generale in Tokyo.
"We have already seen the euro pull back yesterday as some
of the excessive expectations were trimmed."
The euro drew a boost last Friday by news that the ECB,
while possibly extending its bond purchases beyond next March,
may consider sending a formal signal that the asset purchase
program will eventually end.
The dollar was steady at 114.069 yen after edging up
about 0.2 percent overnight following a modest rise in U.S. bond
yields. It was still some distance from the week's high of
114.775 touched on Monday.
"There are not many factors for the market to trade on ahead
of Thursday's ECB meeting, which remains the week's focal
point," said Junichi Ishikawa, senior FX strategist at IG
Securities in Tokyo.
"Of biggest interest for currencies is whether the ECB will
hint at policy tapering. It could spell the beginning of the end
of the Trump rally if the ECB does provide such a hint."
The dollar index was effectively flat at 100.47. It
had poked above 102.00 to a 13-1/2-year in late November as U.S.
Treasury yields soared on prospects of president-elect Donald
Trump adopting large fiscal spending and reflationary policies.
The Australian dollar was down 0.4 percent at $0.7428
, hit after third quarter gross domestic product (GDP)
data showed the country's economy shrank for the first time
The New Zealand dollar was flat at $0.7117, drawing
support from a falling Aussie. The kiwi has clawed back from a
trough of $0.7070 set on Monday when the country's Prime
Minister John Key unexpectedy announced his resignation.
Commodity-linked currencies like the Canadian dollar sagged
in the wake of retreating oil prices.
The Canadian dollar ended a three-day winning run to end
lower overnight. It was down about 0.1 percent at C$1.3289
Canada's loonie had surged to a 6-week high of C$1.3236 per
dollar on Monday as oil prices rallied after OPEC forged a deal
last week to cut output.
(Reporting by Shinichi Saoshiro; Editing by Eric Meijer)