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FOREX-Dollar dips as risk sentiment lifted by stimulus hopes

Karen Brettell and John McCrank

* Graphic: World FX rates in 2020 https://tmsnrt.rs/2RBWI5E (Updates prices, adds commentary) By Karen Brettell and John McCrank NEW YORK, Oct 5 (Reuters) - The safe-haven U.S. dollar dipped on Monday and riskier currencies outperformed on optimism that U.S. lawmakers will agree on new stimulus to blunt the economic impact of the coronavirus, while investors awaited updates on the severity of President Donald Trump's COVID-19 symptoms. Stocks rallied on Monday on the stimulus hopes and as Trump said he would be discharged from the hospital where he in his fourth day of treatment for the virus. "I think the market is convinced that sooner or later fiscal stimulus will materialize in the wake of data that continues to show a moderating U.S. economy," said Joe Manimbo, senior market analyst, at Western Union Business Solutions in Washington. The optimism was supported by White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, who said there is still potential for a deal among lawmakers in Washington on more economic relief, and that Trump is committed to getting the deal done. Failure to reach a deal, however, would likely be positive for the dollar, which on Monday fell 0.32% against a basket of major currencies. "We think that the prospects for stimulus before the election are still very low," said Erik Nelson, a macro strategist at Wells Fargo in New York. "We’re of the view that we should fade this dollar weakness we're seeing today, and in particular against some of these higher risk currencies like the Norwegian krone or the Australian dollar." The euro gained 0.50% to $1.1774, the highest since Sept. 21. The Australian dollar rose 0.17% to $0.7174 and the greenback dipped 0.72% to 9.2327 krone . Trump's COVID-19 diagnosis adds another layer of uncertainty to the U.S. Nov. 3 presidential election, and what it could mean for the greenback. "There isn't a clear consensus on how the dollar should trade on this degree of political uncertainty in the U.S.," said Jane Foley, senior FX strategist at Rabobank. Trump said he will leave the U.S. military hospital where he was being treated for COVID-19 later on Monday, adding that he felt "really good." The U.S. Federal Reserve will release minutes from its September meeting on Wednesday and the European Central Bank will release its latest meeting minutes on Thursday. Sterling gained 0.35% to $1.2976. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the head of the EU's executive, Ursula von der Leyen, agreed in a phone call on Saturday to step up Brexit talks to close "significant gaps" barring a new trade partnership. ======================================================== Currency bid prices at 2:34PM (1834 GMT) Description RIC Last U.S. Close Pct Change YTD Pct High Bid Low Bid Previous Change Session Euro/Dollar EUR= $1.1774 $1.1716 +0.50% +5.03% +1.1797 +1.1708 Dollar/Yen JPY= 105.7100 105.3300 +0.36% -2.89% +105.7900 +105.3000 Euro/Yen EURJPY= 124.45 123.39 +0.86% +2.05% +124.7000 +123.3700 Dollar/Swiss CHF= 0.9159 0.9209 -0.54% -5.36% +0.9207 +0.9145 Sterling/Dollar GBP= 1.2976 1.2931 +0.35% -2.13% +1.2990 +1.2901 Dollar/Canadian CAD= 1.3278 1.3307 -0.22% +2.25% +1.3303 +1.3257 Australian/Doll AUD= 0.7174 0.7162 +0.17% +2.18% +0.7193 +0.7157 ar Euro/Swiss EURCHF= 1.0784 1.0781 +0.03% -0.63% +1.0792 +1.0736 Euro/Sterling EURGBP= 0.9073 0.9053 +0.22% +7.32% +0.9091 +0.9053 NZ NZD= 0.6632 0.6635 -0.05% -1.54% +0.6654 +0.6631 Dollar/Dollar Dollar/Norway NOK= 9.2327 9.3000 -0.72% +5.18% +9.3359 +9.1982 Euro/Norway EURNOK= 10.8720 10.9200 -0.44% +10.51% +10.9392 +10.8470 Dollar/Sweden SEK= 8.9050 8.9396 +0.24% -4.73% +8.9397 +8.8802 Euro/Sweden EURSEK= 10.4848 10.4600 +0.24% +0.15% +10.4935 +10.4470 (Reporting By Karen Brettell; Editing by David Gregorio)