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FOREX-Dollar slips, sterling gains after UK, EU strike Brexit trade deal

Gertrude Chavez-Dreyfuss
·3 min read

* Pound extends gains as Brexit deal reached * Dollar down as Brexit news overshadow stimulus uncertainty * Graphic: World FX rates in 2020 https://tmsnrt.rs/2RBWI5E (Adds new comment, FX table, updates prices, changes byline, dateline; previous AMSTERDAM) By Gertrude Chavez-Dreyfuss NEW YORK, Dec 24 (Reuters) - The U.S. dollar was mostly lower on Thursday, while sterling gained after Britain and the European Union struck a post-Brexit trade deal, boosting the market's appetite for risk and raising hopes the United Kingdom can avoid a turbulent economic departure at the end of the year. Britain clinched a trade deal with the European Union on Thursday, just seven days before it exits one of the world's biggest trading blocs in its most significant global shift since the loss of empire. "Deal is done," a Downing Street source said. "We have taken back control of our money, borders, laws, trade and our fishing waters." The EU Commission will hold a press briefing on the trade agreement later on Thursday. In mid-morning trading, the dollar index was slightly lower at 90.256. So far this year, the dollar has fallen 6.5%, its worst yearly performance since 2017. Currency markets also seemed to have shrugged off President Donald Trump's criticism of the fiscal relief package earlier approved in Congress, which could put the bill in limbo. Republicans and Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday blocked attempts to alter a $2.3 trillion coronavirus aid and government spending package, leaving its status in doubt after Trump demanded extensive changes to the legislation. Sterling, meanwhile, extended gains and rose as high as $1.3620. It was last up 0.7% at $1.3591, with potential to rise to a 2-1/2 year high above $1.3625. The pound also rose to a three-week high against the euro at 89.54 pence. and was last up 0.7% at 89.72 pence. ======================================================== Currency bid prices at 9:58AM (1458 GMT) Description RIC Last U.S. Close Pct Change YTD Pct High Bid Low Bid Previous Change Session Dollar index 90.2560 90.3020 -0.04% +0.00% +90.3390 +90.1510 Euro/Dollar $1.2190 $1.2187 +0.03% +8.74% +$1.2216 +$1.2178 Dollar/Yen 103.6950 103.5400 +0.15% -4.59% +103.6950 +103.5000 Euro/Yen 126.40 126.19 +0.17% +3.64% +126.4900 +126.1900 Dollar/Swiss 0.8909 0.8885 +0.29% -7.92% +0.8914 +0.8870 Sterling/Dollar $1.3583 $1.3500 +0.62% +2.42% +$1.3618 +$1.3495 Dollar/Canadian 1.2825 1.2846 -0.15% -1.26% +1.2853 +1.2827 Aussie/Dollar $0.7602 $0.7579 +0.32% +8.36% +$0.7607 +$0.7571 Euro/Swiss 1.0861 1.0819 +0.39% +0.08% +1.0861 +1.0824 Euro/Sterling 0.8971 0.9029 -0.64% +6.12% +0.9035 +0.8954 NZ $0.7113 $0.7096 +0.24% +5.71% +$0.7117 +$0.7092 Dollar/Dollar Dollar/Norway 8.6235 8.6435 -0.04% -1.50% +8.6445 +8.6120 Euro/Norway 10.5151 10.5390 -0.23% +6.85% +10.5420 +10.5014 Dollar/Sweden 8.2595 8.2725 -0.26% -11.64% +8.2934 +8.2598 Euro/Sweden 10.0715 10.0982 -0.26% -3.80% +10.1090 +10.0724 (Reporting by Gertrude Chavez-Dreyfuss; Additional reporting by Yoruk Bahceli in Amsterdam; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)