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U.S. dollar rises, trades in ranges, ahead of Fed decision

NEW YORK, April 28 (Reuters) - The U.S. dollar edged higher on Wednesday, moving within narrow ranges, ahead of a U.S. Federal Reserve policy statement and a speech by President Joe Biden later in the day when the U.S. president is set to announce more stimulus plans.

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Though the greenback recovered from a one-month low hit earlier this week, investors expect the U.S. central bank to maintain its policy settings and Fed Chairman Jerome Powell is seen as likely to repeat his dovish message.

“Commodity prices are starting to go up and the price of anything in the production and supply chain is also starting to go up. There’s certainly a level of inflation there,” said Juan Perez, FX strategist and trader, at Tempus Inc.

“But I expect Powell to repeat what he has always said that price increases are expected especially after what we have gone through during the pandemic. But unless we hit full employment, the Fed will stay put,” he added.

While currency markets were generally calm, signs of nervousness were evident in the bond markets where yields on 10-year U.S. Treasury notes rose above 1.60% after tepid auction results. [US/]

U.S. yields on Wednesday ahead of the Fed were little changed, with those on the benchmark 10-year note at 1.627%.

With the consensus broadly that the Fed will remain on hold, any small shift in rhetoric could trigger an outsized move in markets.

In mid-morning trading, the dollar index rose 0.1% at 90.953, bouncing from Monday’s low of 90.679, its weakest level since March 3, though investors were not convinced a recent downtrend had ended.

“The Fed has been fighting a rearguard action against calls for higher rates in the face of extremely strong data and the prospects of more stimulus, and most likely they will keep the same phrasing as before,” said John Marley, CEO of forexxtra, a London-based FX consultancy.

Investors’ inflation expectations, measured by the break-even inflation rate calculated from U.S. inflation-linked bonds, rose above 2.40% on Wednesday, the highest level since 2013.

The euro slipped 0.1% to $1.2074, off Monday’s two-month high of $1.2117.

The dollar stood at 108.97 yen, up 0.1% on the day, having jumped 0.59% overnight and extending its recovery from a seven-week low of 107.48 touched last week, in tandem with rises in U.S. bond yields.

Biden is expected to roll out a plan to raise taxes on the wealthiest Americans, including the largest-ever increase in levies on investment gains, in order to fund about $1 trillion in childcare and other social spending.

Elsewhere, the Australian dollar dropped 0.1% to US$0.7759 after the country’s consumer price index came in weaker than expected.

 

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Currency bid prices at 10:10AM (1410 GMT)

Description RIC Last U.S. Close Pct Change YTD Pct High Bid Low Bid

Previous Change

Session

Dollar index 90.9040 90.8970 +0.02% 1.026% +91.1270 +90.8970

Euro/Dollar $1.2081 $1.2093 -0.10% -1.12% +$1.2093 +$1.2056

Dollar/Yen 108.8000 108.7300 +0.07% +5.31% +109.0750 +108.6850

Euro/Yen 131.45 131.48 -0.02% +3.57% +131.6600 +131.4000

Dollar/Swiss 0.9136 0.9137 -0.01% +3.27% +0.9181 +0.9137

Sterling/Dollar $1.3898 $1.3910 -0.08% +1.73% +$1.3909 +$1.3863

Dollar/Canadian 1.2377 1.2402 -0.20% -2.80% +1.2418 +1.2377

Aussie/Dollar $0.7761 $0.7768 -0.07% +0.90% +$0.7770 +$0.7726

Euro/Swiss 1.1035 1.1045 -0.09% +2.11% +1.1075 +1.1037

Euro/Sterling 0.8691 0.8686 +0.06% -2.75% +0.8707 +0.8686

NZ $0.7234 $0.7209 +0.37% +0.75% +$0.7234 +$0.7189
Dollar/Dollar

Dollar/Norway 8.2405 8.2790 -0.43% -4.01% +8.2965 +8.2400

Euro/Norway 9.9570 10.0007 -0.44% -4.87% +10.0255 +9.9496

Dollar/Sweden 8.3653 8.3743 -0.13% +2.06% +8.3980 +8.3676

Euro/Sweden 10.1044 10.1180 -0.13% +0.28% +10.1340 +10.1060

 

Reporting by Gertrude Chavez-Dreyfuss; Additional reporting by Saikat Chatterjee in London; Editing by Mark Heinrich and Barbara Lewis
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