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Saqib Iqbal Ahmed

Dollar sinks vs. yen as U.S. Treasury curve flashes warning

22 Mar 2019

NEW YORK The dollar fell against the safe-haven Japanese yen on Friday as dismal U.S. manufacturing data fuelled worries about the wider economy, and Treasury bond yields signalled growing fears of a recession.

FOREX-Dollar falls vs yen as U.S. Treasury curve flashes warning

22 Mar 2019

* U.S. Treasury curve inverts after PMI data misses estimates

FOREX-Dollar climbs vs euro on German PMI miss; yen strong

22 Mar 2019

* Pound up as Britain's May gets "last chance" for orderly Brexit

FOREX-Dollar shrugs off Fed hit, Brexit pains help gains

21 Mar 2019

* 'No-deal' Brexit fears drag pound, euro lower * Norway hikes rates, in rare example of monetary tightening (Recasts throughout, updates market action, adds comment) By Saqib Iqbal Ahmed NEW YORK, March 21 The U.S. dollar rebounded against a basket of currencies on Thursday, recouping all its losses from the previous session as Brexit-related worries hurt sterling and the euro, helping to take the focus off the surprisingly dovish Federal Reserve. The dollar index , which measures the greenback against six major currencies, was up 0.75 percent to 96.476. The index fell 0.6 percent on Wednesday, closing below its 200-day moving average for the first time in more than 10 months, after the Fed jolted markets by abandoning all plans to raise rates this year. On Thursday, the pound plunged on growing fears of a "no-deal" Brexit should British lawmakers hold firm in their rejection of British Prime Minister Theresa May's EU divorce deal. European Union leaders will offer on Thursday to delay Brexit until May 22 at the latest - but only if May can turn around massive parliamentary opposition and win lawmakers' backing next week for her withdrawal plan. "I think the focus shifted back to Brexit and the potential downside that a “no deal” would create," said Minh Trang, senior currency trader at California's Silicon Valley Bank. "The greenback and the higher yielding curve is still attractive when compared to the G10," he said. The euro was 0.48 percent lower against the greenback. Sterling was down nearly 1 percent and came within a whisker of slipping below $1.30 . On Thursday, the Bank of England kept interest rates steady. "The reality is the economy of no country can really handle further increments to borrowing costs, and we may see more scrutiny over cuts than hikes from now on," said Juan Perez, senior currency trader at Tempus Inc in Washington. Despite the rebound on Thursday, Perez said he expects the dollar to remain under pressure for the rest of 2019. FX strategists at Morgan Stanley also see the Fed's move as spelling trouble for the dollar. "We see the FOMC decision as a meaningfully USD-negative signal and anticipate further declines," they wrote in a client note. Norway's central bank raised its main interest rate on Thursday, as expected, and said its next hike may come earlier then previously planned, boosting the crown currency against the euro and the dollar . The Swiss franc was down slightly against the greenback after Swiss National Bank Chairman Thomas Jordan said increasing global economic risks meant the central bank would stick to its ultra-loose monetary policy for the foreseeable future. (Reporting by Saqib Iqbal Ahmed Editing by Tom Brown)

Dollar recovers from Fed blow; Brexit woes hound pound

21 Mar 2019

NEW YORK The U.S. dollar rebounded on Thursday, recouping most of the ground lost in the previous session after the Federal Reserve jolted markets by abandoning all plans to raise rates this year, a signal its three-year campaign to normalize policy might be at an end.

Dollar slammed by dovish Fed; pound remains weak

20 Mar 2019

NEW YORK The U.S. dollar fell sharply against a basket of major currencies on Wednesday, after the Federal Reserve held U.S. interest rates steady and its policymakers abandoned projections for further rate hikes this year as the central bank flagged an expected slowdown in the economy.

FOREX-Dollar slammed by dovish Fed; pound remains weak

20 Mar 2019

* Traders see nearly even chances on Fed rate cut in early 2020

FOREX-Dollar steady ahead of Fed decision; sterling slides

20 Mar 2019

* Fed's balance sheet plan, economic outlook under microscope (Updates rates, comments to U.S. market open; changes byline; changes dateline, previous LONDON)

Dollar weak as traders bet on a dovish Fed

19 Mar 2019

NEW YORK The U.S. dollar edged lower against a basket of major currencies on Tuesday as concerns over the strength of the U.S. economy and expectations that the Federal Reserve will prove accommodative at its meeting this week weighed on the greenback.

FOREX-Dollar dented by bets on dovish Fed

19 Mar 2019

* Pound pressured as Britain's May tries to agree Brexit extension (Updates rates, comments to U.S. market open; changes byline; changes dateline, previous LONDON)

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