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FOREX-Dollar dips, all eyes on Fed Chair Powell's speech this week

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    By Karen Brettell
    NEW YORK, Aug 24 (Reuters) - The dollar dipped on Monday but held above two-year lows against the euro
before Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell this week will give a highly anticipated speech about the
U.S. central bank's policy framework review.
    A sharp dollar selloff against the euro has paused, with the greenback getting a boost on Friday after
data showed a recovery in U.S. business conditions, while European data showed slowing improvement.
    However, "we're just kind of moving sideways," said Erik Nelson, a macro strategist at Wells Fargo in
New York. "Positions have gotten stretched, especially in the euro, and I think you need another pullback
before we can get another big leg higher."
    Powell's speech on Thursday will likely be the next major dollar driver, with investors watching to
see if he signals that the U.S. central bank will shift its inflation target to an average. This would
allow inflation to rise higher than previously before the Fed raises rates, making up for decades of
benign price increases.
    "I think we could get some pullback in foreign currencies and dollar strength if Powell doesn't
really, really strongly come out and say we're doing inflation average targeting," Nelson said.
    The euro gained 0.35% against the dollar to $1.1836, after hitting a more-than-two-year high of
$1.1965 on Friday before the data.
    The dollar index against a basket of major currencies fell 0.19% to 93.01.
    Riskier currencies including the Australian dollar outperformed on improving risk appetite after the
U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) on Sunday said it authorized the use of blood plasma from patients
who have recovered from COVID-19 as a treatment for the disease.
    The global death toll from the coronavirus surpassed 800,000 on Saturday, according to a Reuters
tally, with the United States, Brazil and India leading the rise in fatalities.
    The Aussie was last up 0.42% at $0.7191. It reached $0.7275 on Wednesday, the highest since
February 2019.
    Republicans will make their case this week that the U.S. economic and political future depends on the
re-election of Donald Trump at a four-day party convention that will feature the president speaking every
night.
    "We hope to get some firm direction when it comes to potential economic proposals that the Trump
administration may pursue if Trump secures a second term," analysts at NatWest Markets said on Monday in a
report.
    
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    Currency bid prices at 9:52AM (1352 GMT)
 Description      RIC         Last           U.S. Close  Pct Change     YTD Pct     High Bid    Low Bid
                                              Previous                   Change                 
                                              Session                                           
 Euro/Dollar      EUR=        $1.1836        $1.1795     +0.35%         +5.58%      +1.1849     +1.1785
 Dollar/Yen       JPY=        105.7100       105.7800    -0.07%         -2.89%      +105.9400   +105.7000
 Euro/Yen         EURJPY=     125.13         124.79      +0.27%         +2.61%      +125.3400   +124.7000
 Dollar/Swiss     CHF=        0.9090         0.9115      -0.27%         -6.08%      +0.9127     +0.9076
 Sterling/Dollar  GBP=        1.3107         1.3087      +0.15%         -1.15%      +1.3148     +1.3078
 Dollar/Canadian  CAD=        1.3174         1.3175      -0.01%         +1.47%      +1.3186     +1.3134
 Australian/Doll  AUD=        0.7191         0.7161      +0.42%         +2.42%      +0.7204     +0.7153
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 Euro/Swiss       EURCHF=     1.0758         1.0752      +0.06%         -0.88%      +1.0775     +1.0746
 Euro/Sterling    EURGBP=     0.9028         0.9009      +0.21%         +6.79%      +0.9032     +0.9002
 NZ               NZD=        0.6554         0.6539      +0.23%         -2.70%      +0.6564     +0.6526
 Dollar/Dollar                                                                                  
 Dollar/Norway    NOK=        8.9819         9.0086      -0.30%         +2.32%      +9.0326     +8.9586
 Euro/Norway      EURNOK=     10.6320        10.6290     +0.03%         +8.07%      +10.6565    +10.6057
 Dollar/Sweden    SEK=        8.7685         8.7928      +0.05%         -6.19%      +8.8015     +8.7426
 Euro/Sweden      EURSEK=     10.3790        10.3737     +0.05%         -0.86%      +10.3800    +10.3507
 
    
    

 (Reporting by Karen Brettell; Additional reporting by Elizabeth Howcroft in London; Editing by Will
Dunham)
  
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