Dollar edges lower for a second day in quiet trading

The dollar edged lower for a second consecutive day on Thursday as greater risk appetite board encouraged investors to sell the greenback after a recent rally.

Indicators of risk in the currency markets such as the euro against the Swiss franc EURCHF= and the Canadian dollar flashed green, though gains were tiny, since U.S. markets were shut for Thanksgiving Day.

“Markets are on a slightly stronger footing today though moves are unlikely to be large given the U.S. markets are closed,” said Ulrich Leuchtmann, an FX strategist at Commerzbank in Frankfurt.

Against a basket of other currencies .DXY, the dollar slipped 0.1 percent at 96.65, retreating away from a near 1 1/2- year high of 97.693, hit earlier this month.

The euro rose 0.1 percent as investors grew cautiously optimistic about the near-term outlook, after tensions in the European bond market receded slightly over Italy’s budget negotiations with the European Union.

World markets have settled into a holding pattern with stock markets firmer across the board and eyes shifting to next week’s G20 summit and the weekend EU summit on Brexit.

The latest bout of dollar weakness comes as investors start to question how many times the Federal Reserve can raise interest rates in 2019 without risking a slowdown in the U.S. economy, which has held up so far as borrowing costs have risen.

source: CNBC

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