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Forex - Dollar gains on weak U.S. output data, fiscal cliff fears

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Investing.com - The dollar rose against the world's major global currencies on Friday after U.S. industrial production figures fell short of expectations and diminished demand for higher-yielding assets such as stocks.

In U.S. trading on Friday, EUR/USD was down 0.40% at 1.2730.

U.S. industrial production fell unexpectedly in October, the Federal Reserve reported Friday.

Industrial production fell 0.4% following a gain of 0.2% in September, whose figure was revised down from 0.4%.

Analysts had expected industrial production to rise 0.2% in October, and the disappointment sparked a risk-off trading session that fueled dollar demand.

Superstorm Sandy disrupted business for a good chunk of the northeastern U.S. last month, which reflected in the numbers.

A separate report showed that the U.S. capacity utilization rate declined to 77.8% in October from 78.2% in September, missing expectations for an increase to 78.3%.

Elsewhere in the U.S., lawmakers met with President Barack Obama and expressed optimism afterwards that they will be able to steer the U.S. economy away from the fiscal cliff, a combination of tax hikes and spending cuts due to kick in at the same time early next year.

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office and private-sector economists have all forecast the U.S. to fall into a recession if policymakers fail to act and avoid the cliff.

Hopes U.S. policymakers will avert a fiscal disaster sparked some demand for risk though the trend was short lived, which kept dollar demand strong all day.

Meanwhile, the euro and other higher-yielding currencies and asset classes came under pressure on reports that the eurozone's gross domestic product contracted 0.1% in the third quarter, following a contraction of 0.2% in the preceding quarter.

While the economy shrank less than market expectations for a 0.2% contraction, the data confirmed the currency group is in a recession.

The greenback was down against the pound, with GBP/USD trading up 0.10% at 1.5881.

The dollar was up against the yen, with USD/JPY trading up 0.13% at 81.27 and up against the Swiss franc, with USD/CHF trading up 0.45% at 0.9464.

The dollar was mixed against its cousins in Canada, Australia and New Zealand, with USD/CAD trading up 0.01% at 1.0011,  AUD/USD up 0.07% at 1.0339 and NZD/USD trading up 0.19% at 0.8108.

The dollar index, which tracks the performance of the greenback versus a basket of six other major currencies, was up 0.28% at 81.31.

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