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FOREX-Euro falls to four-week low as ECB flags easing in December

    * ECB keeps rates unchanged, but signals action in December
    * U.S. GDP rises at record pace in Q3
    * Graphic: World FX rates in 2020

 (Recasts, adds new comment, FX table, adds Lagarde's comments)
    By Gertrude Chavez-Dreyfuss
    NEW YORK, Oct 29 (Reuters) - The euro dropped to a four-week low against the U.S. dollar on Thursday,
after the European Central Bank president flagged further monetary easing in December.
    At the same time, the dollar was bolstered in part by U.S. gross domestic product data, which showed
record growth for the third quarter, as well as an improving trend in jobless claims.
    But the market's focus was on the ECB, analysts said, as Europe grapples with the surge in COVID-19
cases that forced national lockdowns in Germany and France and a regional lockdown Spain.
    The ECB, which kept interest rates steady, committed on Thursday to contain the growing fallout from a
second wave of coronavirus infections, saying it would hone its response by its December meeting.
    "We agreed, all of us, that it was necessary to take action and therefore to recalibrate our
instruments at our next Governing Council meeting," ECB President Christine Lagarde told a news
    Erik Bregar, head of FX strategy at Exchange Bank of Canada in Toronto, said the euro's fall was "a
reflection of further monetary easing from the ECB."
    In late morning trading, the euro fell 0.6% to $1.1681, after earlier falling to a four-week
low of $1.1675.
    The euro also fell 0.4% versus the yen to 122.03 yen.
    Rapidly rising COVID-19 infection rates in Europe, along with caution ahead of the U.S. elections,
triggered the worst market sell-off since June earlier this week.
    The dollar index, with the euro as the largest component, rose to a four-week high and was last up
0.4% at 93.81.
    The greenback slightly benefited from data showing record growth pace in U.S. GDP for the third
    Gross domestic product rebounded at a 33.1% annualized rate last quarter, according to an advance
estimate, the fastest pace since the government started keeping records in 1947. That followed a historic
shrinkage rate of 31.4% in the second quarter.
    A separate report showed 751,000 people filed for state unemployment benefits in the week ended Oct.
24, compared with 791,000 in the previous period. 
    "Although the data...appears healthy, it should be taken with a grain of salt," said Matthew Eidinger,
market strategist, at Cambridge Global Payments, as he cited rise in U.S. COVID-19 cases.
    "The rapid rise in new infections threatens to reroute the economic recovery effort through a second
lockdown and potentially, a double dip recession," he added.
    Against the yen, the dollar rose 0.25 to 104.46 yen.
    Currency bid prices at 11:03 AM (1503 GMT)
 Description      RIC         Last           U.S. Close  Pct Change     YTD Pct     High Bid    Low Bid
                                              Previous                   Change                 
 Euro/Dollar                  $1.1682        $1.1746     -0.54%         +4.20%      +1.1759     +1.1675
 Dollar/Yen                   104.4700       104.3250    +0.12%         -3.84%      +104.5000   +104.0300
 Euro/Yen                     122.03         122.52      -0.40%         +0.07%      +122.8700   +121.9000
 Dollar/Swiss                 0.9150         0.9104      +0.49%         -5.45%      +0.9152     +0.9089
 Sterling/Dollar              1.2924         1.2979      -0.41%         -2.54%      +1.3025     +1.2901
 Dollar/Canadian              1.3338         1.3322      +0.13%         +2.68%      +1.3389     +1.3279
 Aussie/Dollar                0.7039         0.7048      -0.11%         +0.33%      +0.7076     +0.7010
 Euro/Swiss                   1.0688         1.0692      -0.04%         -1.53%      +1.0702     +1.0679
 Euro/Sterling                0.9036         0.9045      -0.10%         +6.88%      +0.9059     +0.9008
 NZ                           0.6630         0.6637      -0.09%         -1.46%      +0.6659     +0.6611
 Dollar/Norway                9.5180         9.3640      +1.63%         +8.49%      +9.5855     +9.3345
 Euro/Norway                  11.1170        11.0070     +1.00%         +13.01%     +11.2075    +10.9495
 Dollar/Sweden                8.9114         8.8264      +0.16%         -4.66%      +8.9263     +8.8260
 Euro/Sweden                  10.4108        10.3941     +0.16%         -0.56%      +10.4345    +10.3755
 (Reporting by Gertrude Chavez-Dreyfuss; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)