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FOREX-Euro gains after ECB decision, yen weakens on trade hopes

    * ECB cuts rates, restarts asset purchases
    * Yen weakens on U.S.-China trade hopes
    * US consumer prices rose in August

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    By Karen Brettell
    NEW YORK, Sept 12 (Reuters) - The euro gained against the
dollar on Thursday, erasing earlier losses, after the European
Central Bank launched new stimulus but failed to live up to some
dovish market expectations. 
    The ECB cut its deposit rate to a record low -0.5% from
-0.4% and will restart bond purchases of 20 billion euros a
month from November.
    It also said it expects bond purchases to run for as long as
necessary and end shortly before it starts raising the key ECB
interest rates.
    “We got a little bit of everything, but when all was said
and done I think markets were expecting the bazooka to come out,
and we definitely didn’t get the bazooka,” said Win Thin, global
head of currency strategy at Brown Brothers Harriman in New
    The euro was last up 0.33% at $1.1045, after earlier
dropping as low as $1.0925. That was the lowest since the single
currency fell to $1.0924 on Sept. 3, which was the lowest in
more than two years.
    Central banks globally are fighting against slowing growth
and tepid inflation, with the U.S.-China trade war adding
further headwinds to the global economy.
    The safe-haven Japanese yen weakened after Bloomberg News
reported that Trump administration officials have discussed
delaying or rolling back some tariffs on Chinese goods.
    It comes after U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday
welcomed China's decision to exempt some U.S. anti-cancer drugs
and other goods from its tariffs, and announced a short delay to
scheduled tariff hikes on billions worth of Chinese goods.

    The greenback was last up 0.07% at 107.89 yen.
    U.S. data on Thursday showed that underlying consumer prices
increased solidly in August, leading to the largest annual gain
in a year, but rising inflation is unlikely to deter the Federal
Reserve from cutting interest rates again next week to support a
slowing economy.
    It comes after data on Wednesday showed that U.S. producer
prices unexpectedly rose in August.
    This next major economic focus will be retail sales data on
    Currency bid prices at 10:23AM (1423 GMT)
 Description      RIC         Last           U.S. Close  Pct Change     YTD Pct     High Bid    Low Bid
                                              Previous                   Change                 
 Euro/Dollar      EUR=        $1.1045        $1.1009     +0.33%         -3.70%      +1.1069     +1.0928
 Dollar/Yen       JPY=        107.8900       107.8100    +0.07%         -2.15%      +108.1600   +107.5300
 Euro/Yen         EURJPY=     119.18         118.71      +0.40%         -5.58%      +119.4900   +117.5800
 Dollar/Swiss     CHF=        0.9896         0.9926      -0.30%         +0.84%      +0.9945     +0.9883
 Sterling/Dollar  GBP=        1.2339         1.2326      +0.11%         -3.28%      +1.2357     +1.2284
 Dollar/Canadian  CAD=        1.3177         1.3191      -0.11%         -3.38%      +1.3217     +1.3176
 Australian/Doll  AUD=        0.6888         0.6861      +0.39%         -2.28%      +0.6891     +0.6861
 Euro/Swiss       EURCHF=     1.0933         1.0932      +0.01%         -2.85%      +1.0949     +1.0853
 Euro/Sterling    EURGBP=     0.8949         0.8929      +0.22%         -0.39%      +0.8972     +0.8887
 NZ               NZD=        0.6439         0.6411      +0.44%         -4.12%      +0.6450     +0.6410
 Dollar/Norway    NOK=        8.9375         8.9554      -0.20%         +3.46%      +9.0096     +8.9358
 Euro/Norway      EURNOK=     9.8726         9.8615      +0.11%         -0.34%      +9.9107     +9.8300
 Dollar/Sweden    SEK=        9.6265         9.6722      -0.17%         +7.39%      +9.7308     +9.6224
 Euro/Sweden      EURSEK=     10.6332        10.6517     -0.17%         +3.60%      +10.6781    +10.6149

 (Editing by Nick Zieminski)