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Dollar holds gains as expectations for Biden’s stimulus grow

The dollar held above three-year lows versus major peers on Thursday as expectations for President-elect Joe Biden’s fiscal stimulus pushed yields of U.S. government bonds higher. The 10-year Treasury yield rose after CNN reported the stimulus will be around $2 trillion, adding support for the dollar. In early European morning trading, the dollar index was little changed, up 0.04% at 90.320, as investors waited for Biden to give details later today of a plan for “trillions” of dollars in pandemic relief.

The dollar has risen in four of the past five trading sessions as the prospect of more stimulus has weighed on U.S. government bonds, sending the benchmark Treasury yield above 1% for the first time since March. Expectations are already running high for the stimulus, but many analysts believe the spending push has already been priced in.

The euro slipped 0.05% to $1.214 after sliding 0.4% on Wednesday. The dollar advanced 0.13% to 104.02 yen. Bitcoin held on to 10% gains made on Wednesday after sliding almost $12,000 from last week’s record high of $42,000. It rose 3% to $38,860 on Thursday, up from as low as $30,261.13 on Jan. 11. Interest in the cryptocurrency has been soaring as institutional investors began buying heavily, viewing it as both an inflation hedge and as exposed to gains if it becomes more widely adopted.

Dollar holds gains as expectations for Biden’s stimulus grow, Reuters, Jan 14

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