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Dollar Down Over “Familiar” Themes of Vaccine Optimism and Possible

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By Gina Lee

Investing.com – The dollar was down on Monday morning in Asia, heading towards its larges fall since July as lingering vaccine optimism and the possibility of further monetary easing by the U.S. Federal Reserve saw investors retreat from the safe-haven asset.

The that tracks the greenback against a basket of other currencies edged down 0.15% to 91.688 by 9:56 AM ET (1:56 AM GMT), down some 2.4% for November.

Recent positive news from developers, including Pfizer Inc (NYSE:) and Moderna Inc (NASDAQ:), for their COVID-19 vaccine candidates, had boosted investor sentiment and seen the dollar fall. Even worries about developing and delivering the vaccines failed to significantly curb the hope for an end to the COVID-19 pandemic that has been raging for almost a year now.

However, the ever-rising numbers of new cases globally, alongside fresh lockdowns, helped stem the dollar’s losses as safe-haven currencies received some support.

With the U.S. election and the ensuing confusion over the results distracting Congress from passing the latest stimulus measures, it is now widely expected that the Fed will step into fill the gap, mostly likely through bond purchases.

“The themes remain familiar: broad dollar weakness amid improving risk appetite … this sentiment is likely to continue into December and the U.S. Fed meeting, at which some further action is likely, given the near-term virus risks in the United States,” ANZ Bank analysts said in a note.

The pair edged down 0.18% to 103.88. Data released earlier in the day showed that grew 3.8% month-on-month in October, slightly lower than the 3.9% growth seen in September.

The pair was up 0.24% to 0.7401. The pair gained 0.30% to 0.7044, seeing a two-and-a-half year high and headed towards its best monthly percentage gain in seven years.

The pair inched up 0.08% to 6.5791. China’s grew 52.1% in November, higher than the 51.5% growth in forecasts prepared by Investing.com and October’s 51.4% reading. The also exceed expectations, growing 56.4% in November against the forecast 56% and October’s 56.2% figure.

The yuan saw a sixth consecutive month of gains, soaring some 9% from its lowest point in May. Although the yuan saw a similar run of monthly gains in 2013, the recent run exceeds the former in scope as China’s PMIs indicate a continuous economic recovery from COVID-19.

The pair edged up 0.19% to 1.3340. The pound had climbed steadily throughout the month to its highest level since September as investors bet that the U.K. and the European Union would reach consensus on their Brexit deal before the deadline.

Investors will be looking to Fed Chairman Jerome Powell’s testimony before Congress on Tuesday and Wednesday for further clues into the central bank’s reasoning and the direction of the economic recovery. Labor market data, including the , is also due later in the week.

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