* Dollar rises after Trump announces tax plan imminent
* New Zealand dollar slides on dovish central bank
* Euro headed for worst week since mid-December
(Updates to U.S. market trading, new throughout)
By Dion Rabouin
NEW YORK, Feb 9 The dollar surged more than 1
percent against the yen and rose broadly on Thursday after
comments from U.S. President Donald Trump that he would be
releasing his "phenomenal" tax plan in the next few weeks.
Investors have been waiting impatiently for details on
Trump's campaign trail pledges to inject the U.S. economy with
large-scale fiscal stimulus through additional spending and tax
Trump said his administration will be announcing "something
phenomenal in terms of tax" over "the next two or three weeks"
during a meeting with airline executives on Thursday.
"It's been a broad-based dollar rally driven by the
headlines that Trump plans to announce something phenomenal on
taxes in the next few weeks, in his words," said Kathy Lien,
managing director of BK Asset Management. "That was really the
crux of the dollar rally shortly after his election and I think
investors are getting really excited about that again."
The dollar gained more than 5 percent against a
basket of major currencies in the month and a half after Trump's
election but has been on a decidedly downward turn since the new
year began as Trump has focused more on trade and immigration
than fiscal stimulus.
His cabinet picks also have drawn stiff opposition and his
travel ban for refugees and citizens of seven Muslim-majority
countries was met with large protests around the world.
That gave investors pause as many worried his fiscal agenda
would take a back seat or face more stringent opposition in
Congress. Thursday's announcement helped push the dollar through
a number of significant technical levels, particularly against
the traditionally safe-haven yen and Swiss franc.
"This is enough of a catalyst ... that could lead to a
multi-day dollar recovery simply because the markets have been
hoping for some good news and they obviously interpreted this to
be so," Lien said.
The New Zealand dollar suffered major losses, falling
more than 1 percent after its central bank blind-sided investors
by signaling any interest rate tightening might be at least two
The euro also dipped against the dollar, with
political risks, most notably France's upcoming election,
nudging it towards its worst week in nearly two months.
(Reporting by Dion Rabouin; Editing by Bill Trott)