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FOREX-Dollar steady as European manufacturing data in focus
Published at 15/04/2019 at 19:35

(Updates prices)

By Karen Brettell

NEW YORK, April 15 (Reuters) - The dollar was little changed against the euro on Monday as investors focused on European manufacturing data due on Thursday for signs that growth in the region is improving.

"The pace of deterioration in that part of the world has begun to ebb and I think investors are waiting for more concrete signs that we may have passed the worst," said Mazen Issa, senior FX strategist at TD Securities in New York.

Improving European data would likely bolster risk appetite and send equities prices higher. That in turn could be negative for the greenback as investors chase higher-yielding opportunities elsewhere.

"The dollar has shown a fairly strong relationship with relative equity prices for the U.S. versus the rest of the world, and to the extent that we move into an environment where non-U.S. asset markets begin to perform ... we may see a tactical move lower in the dollar," Issa said.

Although the dollar tends to underperform when risk appetite grows, data on Friday showed speculators bolstered their net long dollar position in the latest week. It is now at its highest level since December 2015, while traders remain short the euro.

Data on Friday showing that China's exports rebounded in March while new bank loans rose more than expected has helped to boost risk sentiment.

Investors are also focused on U.S.-China trade talks, with any deal between the two countries seen as likely to remove headwinds to global growth.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Saturday a U.S.-China trade agreement would go "way beyond" previous efforts to open China's markets to U.S. companies and he hoped that the two sides were "close to the final round" of negotiations.

U.S. negotiators have tempered demands that China curb industrial subsidies as a condition for a trade deal after strong resistance from Beijing, according to two sources briefed on discussions, marking a retreat on a core U.S. objective for the trade talks.

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Currency bid prices at 2:24PM (1824 GMT)

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

Previous Change

Session

Euro/Dollar EUR= $1.1299 $1.1301 -0.02% -1.48% +1.1321 +1.1296

Dollar/Yen JPY= 112.0100 112.0000 +0.01% +1.59% +112.0900 +111.8900

Euro/Yen EURJPY= 126.57 126.56 +0.01% +0.28% +126.7800 +126.4900

Dollar/Swiss CHF= 1.0045 1.0022 +0.23% +2.35% +1.0045 +1.0010

Sterling/Dollar GBP= 1.3097 1.3081 +0.12% +2.67% +1.3119 +1.3067

Dollar/Canadian CAD= 1.3379 1.3320 +0.44% -1.89% +1.3389 +1.3297

Australian/Doll AUD= 0.7174 0.7171 +0.04% +1.77% +0.7182 +0.7164

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Euro/Swiss EURCHF= 1.1353 1.1324 +0.26% +0.88% +1.1354 +1.1325

Euro/Sterling EURGBP= 0.8627 0.8636 -0.10% -3.97% +0.8649 +0.8619

NZ NZD= 0.6758 0.6760 -0.03% +0.61% +0.6782 +0.6751

Dollar/Dollar

Dollar/Norway NOK= 8.4969 8.4869 +0.12% -1.64% +8.5033 +8.4807

Euro/Norway EURNOK= 9.6033 9.5918 +0.12% -3.06% +9.6164 +9.5856

Dollar/Sweden SEK= 9.2695 9.2691 +0.02% +3.41% +9.2753 +9.2437

Euro/Sweden EURSEK= 10.4773 10.4750 +0.02% +2.08% +10.4795 +10.4569

(Additional reporting by Tommy Wilkes in London Editing by Paul Simao and Lisa Shumaker)

((Karen.Brettell@thomsonreuters.com; +1 646 223 6274; Reuters Messaging: karen.brettell.reuters.com@reuters.net))