News: FOREX-Dollar climbs after Fed's Powell comments

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    • Powell says Fed can be patient on U.S. economy
    • Other Fed speakers strike cautious tone
    • Euro reverses gains vs dollar
    • China, U.S. agree to extend trade talks
    • Graphic: World FX rates in 2019

    (Recasts, adds new analyst comment, remarks from Fed's Powell, other Fed speakers; updates prices)

    The dollar rallied from three-month lows on Thursday, extending gains against the euro and yen, after Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said the U.S. central bank intends to further shrink the balance sheet, suggesting it is not done tightening monetary policy just yet.

    The greenback hit session highs against the euro, yen, and Swiss franc following Powell's comments.

    The Fed chairman also said he sees no near-term risk of a U.S. recession and expects continued momentum in economic data. However, he reiterated that the Fed can be patient on monetary policy and can move "flexibly and quickly" if economic data warrants it.

    "Mr. Powell came across as cool and composed and appears to have a glass half-full mentality when it comes to the U.S. economy," said Joe Manimbo, senior market analyst, at Western Union Business Solutions in Washington.

    "There were hawkish elements to his comments, particularly those on the balance sheet, which means that the Fed will continue to tighten policy. On the surface, that's dollar-positive and risk-negative," he added.

    In afternoon trading, the dollar index .DXY rose 0.3 percent to 95.535, after earlier dropping to a three-month trough. It has weakened though in four of the last six sessions as traders bet U.S. interest rates will stay steady in 2019.

    Minutes from the Federal Reserve's Dec. 18-19 meeting showed several policymakers were in favor of keeping rates steady this year.

    On Thursday, Fed officials echoed the minutes' cautious stance.

    St. Louis Fed President James Bullard, a voter on the Federal Open Market Committee this year, said the U.S. central bank's policy stance may be too hawkish and it should listen to market signals and stop raising interest rates.

    Charles Evans, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, another FOMC voter in 2019, repeated his view on Thursday that the Fed has "good capacity to wait" before delivering what he expects will be three more rate hikes.

    Richmond Federal Reserve President Thomas Barkin was also cautious on Thursday, saying his contacts are worried about how long strong U.S. economic growth can continue.

    The euro, meanwhile, dropped 0.4 percent to $1.1498 EUR= , while the dollar rose 0.3 percent versus the yen to 108.42 yen JPY=

    Data out of Europe has been fairly tepid. French industrial production fell more than expected in November while Swedish private-sector production data was fairly flat.

    On the trade front, China and the United States extended trade talks in Beijing, boosting oil prices and broader sentiment.

    Overall, investors remained on a wait-and-see mode, as they awaited resolution of three key issue U.S.-China trade negotiations, the U.S. government shutdown, and Britain's exit from the European Union.

    	Currency bid prices at 2:39PM (1939 GMT) 
     Description	  RIC		 Last		   U.S. Close  Pct Change	 YTD Pct	 High Bid	Low Bid 
    											  Previous				   Change				  
     Euro/Dollar	  EUR=		$1.1498		$1.1541	 -0.37%		 +0.25%	  +1.1570	 +1.1485 
     Dollar/Yen	   JPY=		108.4000	   108.1600	+0.22%		 -1.69%	  +108.4400   +107.7700 
     Euro/Yen		 EURJPY=	 124.64		 124.83	  -0.15%		 -1.25%	  +125.0600   +124.3600 
     Dollar/Swiss	 CHF=		0.9839		 0.9743	  +0.99%		 +0.25%	  +0.9844	 +0.9716 
     Sterling/Dollar  GBP=		1.2748		 1.2788	  -0.31%		 -0.07%	  +1.2801	 +1.2729 
     Dollar/Canadian  CAD=		1.3230		 1.3207	  +0.17%		 -2.98%	  +1.3258	 +1.3201 
     Australian/Doll  AUD=		0.7183		 0.7170	  +0.18%		 +1.90%	  +0.7197	 +0.7146 
     Euro/Swiss	   EURCHF=	 1.1314		 1.1246	  +0.60%		 +0.53%	  +1.1316	 +1.1238 
     Euro/Sterling	EURGBP=	 0.9017		 0.9025	  -0.09%		 +0.36%	  +0.9060	 +0.9013 
     NZ			   NZD=		0.6782		 0.6786	  -0.06%		 +0.97%	  +0.6794	 +0.6771 
     Dollar/Norway	NOK=		8.4803		 8.4685	  +0.14%		 -1.83%	  +8.4910	 +8.4452 
     Euro/Norway	  EURNOK=	 9.7488		 9.7768	  -0.29%		 -1.59%	  +9.8011	 +9.7433 
     Dollar/Sweden	SEK=		8.9035		 8.8664	  +0.03%		 -0.67%	  +8.9148	 +8.8561 
     Euro/Sweden	  EURSEK=	 10.2400		10.2370	 +0.03%		 -0.23%	  +10.2610	+10.2260 
    Graphic: World FX rates in 2019 
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