October 30, 2019 / 6:58 PM / a month ago

FOREX-Dollar gains as Fed signals pause in rate-cutting cycle

    * Fed cuts rates, but signals a pause
    * U.S. economy slowed less than expected in Q3

 (Recasts with Fed, adds quotes, updates prices)
    By Karen Brettell
    NEW YORK, Oct 30 (Reuters) - The dollar gained against a
basket of major currencies on Wednesday after the Federal
Reserve cut interest rates for the third time this year, but
signaled its rate-cut cycle might be at a pause.
    In lowering its policy rate by a quarter of a percentage
point to a target range of between 1.50% and 1.75%, the U.S.
central bank dropped a previous reference in its policy
statement that it "will act as appropriate" to sustain the
economic expansion - language that was considered a sign for
future rate cuts.
    “That suggests that it’s going to take a little bit more
weakness from here on out for the Fed to lower rates, and really
it’s going to take quite a sustained turn for the worse in terms
of trade discussions,” said Bipan Rai, North American head of fx
strategy at CIBC Capital Markets in Toronto. “That should to a
degree cap dollar bearishness in the near term.”
    Comments by Fed Chairman Jerome Powell in the press
conference following the U.S. central bank's statement further
boosted the notion that additional cuts in the near-term are
    The current stance of monetary policy is likely to remain
appropriate and it would take a material reassessment in the
outlook for the Fed to change its current stance, Powell said.

    The dollar index rose to 98.00 as Powell spoke, the
highest since Oct. 17, before retracing back to 97.77, up 0.09%
on the day.
    Broad expectations heading into the meeting that the Fed
would adopt a more hawkish tone was seen as limiting dollar
    The dollar had briefly gained earlier on Wednesday after
data showed that the U.S. economy slowed less than expected in
the third quarter.
    The data “pointed to below trend growth, but still
relatively steady and pretty solid growth in the context of
what’s going on in the rest of the world,” said Erik Nelson, a
currency strategist at Wells Fargo in New York.
    Payrolls data for October released on Friday is the next
major U.S. economic focus.
    The greenback also temporarily dipped on reports that Chile
has withdrawn as host of an APEC trade summit in November where
the United States and China had been expected to take major
steps toward ending a 15-month-old trade war.
    Optimism that the U.S. and China will reach a deal has
boosted risk sentiment this week.
    Currency bid prices at 2:50PM (1850 GMT)
 Description      RIC         Last           U.S. Close  Pct Change     YTD Pct     High Bid    Low Bid
                                              Previous                   Change                 
 Euro/Dollar      EUR=        $1.1108        $1.1110     -0.02%         -3.15%      +1.1126     +1.1081
 Dollar/Yen       JPY=        109.0700       108.8700    +0.18%         -1.08%      +109.2800   +108.8000
 Euro/Yen         EURJPY=     121.16         120.98      +0.15%         -4.01%      +121.1900   +120.8800
 Dollar/Swiss     CHF=        0.9917         0.9937      -0.20%         +1.05%      +0.9945     +0.9906
 Sterling/Dollar  GBP=        1.2868         1.2865      +0.02%         +0.87%      +1.2905     +1.2846
 Dollar/Canadian  CAD=        1.3181         1.3085      +0.73%         -3.34%      +1.3207     +1.3073
 Australian/Doll  AUD=        0.6865         0.6864      +0.01%         -2.61%      +0.6876     +0.6849
 Euro/Swiss       EURCHF=     1.1016         1.1045      -0.26%         -2.11%      +1.1049     +1.1015
 Euro/Sterling    EURGBP=     0.8631         0.8634      -0.03%         -3.93%      +0.8644     +0.8612
 NZ               NZD=        0.6352         0.6354      -0.03%         -5.43%      +0.6368     +0.6335
 Dollar/Norway    NOK=        9.2244         9.2256      -0.01%         +6.78%      +9.2588     +9.2059
 Euro/Norway      EURNOK=     10.2440        10.2536     -0.09%         +3.41%      +10.2784    +10.2320
 Dollar/Sweden    SEK=        9.7080         9.7005      +0.05%         +8.30%      +9.7421     +9.6881
 Euro/Sweden      EURSEK=     10.7840        10.7790     +0.05%         +5.07%      +10.8210    +10.7760

 (Editing by David Gregorio and Marguerita Choy)
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