FOREX-Euro en baisse alors que la BCE répond aux attentes du marché

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    By Karen Brettell
       NEW YORK, Feb 2 (Reuters) - The euro dipped against the dollar on Thursday after the European
Central Bank (ECB) hiked interest rates by a widely expected 50 basis points and offered no new hawkish
surprises, while the Bank of England (BofE) adopted a more dovish tone on inflation.
    The ECB penciled in at least one more hike of the same magnitude next month and said it will then
evaluate the subsequent path of its monetary policy.
    The BoE also raised rates by 50 basis points and signaled that the tide was turning in Britain's battle
against high inflation, forcing investors to dial down bets on a more aggressive tightening of policy.
    “The ECB was more or less in line with expectations and the Bank of England sounded a bit more dovish,
so I think that’s helping to slow the dollar’s decline,” said Joe Manimbo, senior market analyst at Convera
in Washington. “You get the sense that central bankers are taking a little bit of comfort from inflation
moving in the right direction.”
    The euro  fell 0.64% on the day to $1.0920 and sterling  dropped 0.68% to $1.2290.
    The dollar gained 0.61% against a basket of currencies <=USD> to 101.56. 
    The dollar index fell to a nine-month low of 100.80 on Wednesday after Federal Reserve Chair Jerome
Powell was interpreted as taking a more dovish tone on future monetary policy.
    The U.S. central bank said it had turned a key corner in the fight against high inflation, but that
"victory" would still require its benchmark overnight interest rate to be increased further and remain
elevated at least through 2023.
    Markets reacted by adding to bets that the Fed will stop hiking after an additional 25 basis points
increase that is expected in March, and then cut rates in the second half of the year.
    Data on Thursday showed that the number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits
unexpectedly fell last week as the labor market remained resilient despite higher borrowing costs and
mounting fears of a recession.
    U.S. worker productivity also increased faster than expected in the fourth quarter, resulting in a
moderation in labor costs growth.
    This week’s major U.S. economic release will be Friday’s employment report for January, which is
expected to show that employers added 185,000 jobs in the month. 
    Currency bid prices at 9:41AM (1441 GMT)
 Description      RIC         Last           U.S. Close  Pct Change     YTD Pct       High Bid    Low Bid
                                              Previous                   Change                   
 Dollar index     <=USD>      101.5600       100.9500    +0.61%         -1.865%       +101.6300   +100.8100
 Euro/Dollar         $1.0920        $1.0991     -0.64%         +0.00%        +$1.1034    +$1.0910
 Dollar/Yen          128.3300       128.9300    -0.44%         +0.00%        +129.1250   +128.0800
 Euro/Yen            140.13         141.67      -1.09%         +0.00%        +141.9200   +140.1000
 Dollar/Swiss        0.9098         0.9084      +0.24%         +0.00%        +0.9114     +0.9061
 Sterling/Dollar      $1.2290        $1.2375     -0.68%         +0.00%        +$1.2400    +$1.2265
 Dollar/Canadian      1.3306         1.3290      +0.13%         +0.00%        +1.3311     +1.3264
 Aussie/Dollar        $0.7113        $0.7137     -0.36%         +0.00%        +$0.7157    +$0.7111
 Euro/Swiss          0.9934         0.9980      -0.46%         +0.00%        +1.0005     +0.9935
 Euro/Sterling       0.8882         0.8879      +0.03%         +0.00%        +0.8955     +0.8877
 NZ                   $0.6511        $0.6507     +0.05%         +0.00%        +$0.6538    +$0.6499
 Dollar/Norway        10.0085        9.9175      +0.77%         +0.00%        +10.0215    +9.8650
 Euro/Norway         10.9392        10.8880     +0.47%         +0.00%        +10.9772    +10.8787
 Dollar/Sweden          10.3778        10.3429     -0.13%         +0.00%        +10.3894    +10.2906
 Euro/Sweden         11.3345        11.3497     -0.13%         +0.00%        +11.3750    +11.3242
 (Reporting by Karen Brettell; editing by Jonathan Oatis)


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