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Forex - Dollar Off Lows as Euro Reverses Gains, Trade Concerns Linger

Published 09/18/2018, 01:15 PM
Updated 09/18/2018, 01:15 PM
© Reuters. The dollar rose from session lows on Tuesday. - The dollar turned positive against its rivals Tuesday, as investors weighed the latest escalation in the tit-for-tat tariff dispute between the U.S. and China, while a weaker euro also lifted sentiment.

The U.S. dollar index, which measures the greenback against a trade-weighted basket of six major currencies, rose by 0.16% to 94.25, from a session low of 93.88.

China said it will impose new tariffs on U.S. goods worth $60 billion on Sept. 24, but levies would be instituted at lower rates than had been expected, according to a Reuters report.

China's tariff rate on a list of 5,207 U.S. products will range between 5% and 10%, below the previously touted 10% to 20% rate, Reuters said.

Investors seemingly took this as a sign that both sides were in no hurry to enter a full-scale trade war, as the United States also imposed tariffs at a lower rate than previously expected.

U.S. President Donald Trump announced late Monday new 10% tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese goods, below an original figure of 25% floated by the administration previously.

The trade-war proxy AUD/JPY, rose 0.71% to 80.95, while risk-sensitive USD/JPY rose 0.38% to Y112.31.

The Australian economy relies heavily on exporting raw materials (primarily metals), particularly to China, which accounts for about a third of Australian exports every year.

The dollar was also boosted by a retreat in the euro as investors grew nervous about Italy's chances of passing a budget within the European Union guidelines after Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio clashed with Finance Minister Giovanni Tria over budget proposals.

EUR/USD fell 0.18% to $1.1662, while GBP/USD fell 0.11% to $1.3136.

USD/CAD fell 0.49% to C$1.2983 as the Canadian dollar was boosted by rising oil prices on expectations that OPEC will decide against raising output at a meeting slated for the weekend.

The loonie also remains sensitive to trade talk as the United States and Canada continue efforts to hash out an agreement on a revamp of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

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