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* Dollar pauses for breath at 14-year peak
* Euro back above $1.04
* Swedish crown rises after Riksbank decision
* Graphic: World FX rates in 2016 tmsnrt.rs/2egbfVh
By Jamie McGeever
LONDON, Dec 21 The dollar eased back on
Wednesday from the 14-year high reached the previous day, taking
a breather in a run that has seen it chalk up its entire gains
for the year since the Nov. 8 U.S. presidential election.
The Swedish crown rose to a two-month high against the euro
after the country's central bank held its benchmark rate at
-0.50 percent and extended its quantitative easing bond-buying
The dollar is up 4.5 percent this year against the euro and
a basket of major currencies, rocketing more than 5 percent
since the election on hopes President-elect Donald Trump's
administration will go ahead with tax cuts and fiscal spending.
With no major economic data or policymaker speeches
scheduled and the Christmas holiday approaching, the euro
dragged itself from Tuesday's 14-year low back up to the $1.04
Traders are casting an eye on Italy's troubled bank Monte
dei Paschi di Siena, which needs to raise 5 billion
euros ($5.2 billion) by the end of the year to avoid being wound
up by the European Central Bank.
The dollar could resume its climb later in the day, however,
if the Dow Jones Industrials Average hits the psychological
20,000 level, analysts say.
"The euro is in a fight between short-covering pressure and
political angst. Economics doesn't come into it at all. If Dow
20,000 is just a number but a magnet all the same, euro parity
with the dollar will be every bit as magnetic," said Kit Juckes
at Societe Generale.
"We'll get there and get over-excited before too long."
At 0845 GMT the euro was up 0.2 percent at $1.0404,
having fallen as low as $1.0352 on Tuesday, a level last seen in
The dollar was at 117.67 yen, one yen down from its
10 1/2-month high of 118.66 touched on Dec 15.
The dollar's trade-weighted index against a basket of six
major currencies, fell 0.1 percent to 103.18. On
Tuesday it hit a 14-year high of 103.65.
U.S. Treasury yields slipped on Wednesday. The 10-year yield
was down a basis point on the day at 2.55 percent,
and almost 10 basis points off last week's two-year peak.
The Swedish crown strengthened after the Riksbank extended
its QE by 30 billion crowns a month and said interest rates will
probably start rising in 2018. This was broadly in line with
The euro fell 0.4 percent to 9.6677 crowns, its
lowest since October 11.
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(Reporting by Jamie McGeever; Editing by Jeremy Gaunt)