* Graphic: World FX rates in 2019
* Fed rate cut views continue to weigh on dollar
* Euro steady, take Trump's comments on the currency in stride
By Shinichi Saoshiro
TOKYO, June 12 (Reuters) - The dollar hung near an 11-week low
against its peers on Wednesday, weighed by expectations the U.S.
Federal Reserve could cut interest rates some time in the next few months.
The dollar index versus a basket of six major currencies was
flat at 96.698, trading just above the 96.459 level it hit on Monday,
its lowest since March 25.
The index has been under pressure following a sharp decline in
long-term U.S. Treasury yields, which fell to near two-year lows on
Friday after a soft U.S. jobs report raised expectations for an
interest rate cut by the Fed.
Investor focus is now on the Fed's next policy meeting on June
18-19 and what kind of signals the central bank could offer on the
direction of monetary policy.
"The market has priced in a rate cut by the Fed to a
significant degree," said Shinichiro Kadota, senior strategist at
Barclays in Tokyo.
"So the market is waiting for next week's Fed meeting as a
chance to see by how much and for how long it is ready to ease policy."
Expectations for a central bank rate cut this year rose last week
after a number of Fed officials, including Chairman Jerome Powell,
hinted they were open to easing monetary policy.
The euro was steady at $1.1328 and in close reach of a
three-month peak of $1.1348 scaled on Friday.
The single currency was little affected by U.S. President Donald
Trump's accusation that Europe was devaluing the euro, which has
gained roughly 1.4% against the dollar so far in June.
"The Euro and other currencies are devalued against the
dollar, putting the U.S. at a big disadvantage," Trump tweeted on
Tuesday without offering any evidence.
The dollar was little changed at 108.495 yen . The greenback has
crawled off a five-month low of 107.810 plumbed a week ago when risk
aversion in the broader markets heightened demand for the safe-haven yen.
China's yuan was steady in offshore trade at 6.9259 per dollar
after bouncing back the previous day from seven-month lows.
The yuan had risen on Tuesday after China's central bank said it
would sell yuan-denominated bills in Hong Kong in late June, in a move
that some market analysts believed was aimed at stemming a sharp
decline in the yuan.
An escalation in the U.S.-China trade conflict has weighed heavily
on the yuan this year.
(Editing by Sam Holmes)
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