German industrial output slumps Fears of euro zone recession...

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    • German industrial output slumps
    • Fears of euro zone recession mount
    • Dollar outlook remains dim with lower rate outlook
    • Focus on U.S.-China talks

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    The dollar rose on Tuesday, rebounding from a nearly three-month low in the previous session amid expectations of a pause in the U.S. rate hike cycle, as investors focused on the risk of a euro zone recession after data showed more signs of slowing in the region.

    An unexpected fall in German industrial output for the third straight month helped to weaken the euro. The drop was modest, but it underscored concerns about a slowdown and the European Central Bank's caution as it tries to wean the region off stimulus.

    German exporters are struggling with weaker global demand and trade disputes driven by U.S. President Donald Trump's policies.

    "The euro had its upturn halted by German data showing the third decline in as many months in a gauge of factory growth," said Joe Manimbo, senior market analyst at Western Union Business Solutions in Washington.

    "Another decline in the fourth quarter would signal recession, a scenario that would jeopardize an ECB rate hike this year and likely increase headwinds on the single currency," he added.

    The European Central Bank has said it plans to leave rates unchanged through the summer of 2019.

    In mid-morning trading, the euro fell 0.4 percent to $1.1431. It has traded in a tight range of $1.12 to $1.15 since mid-November.

    Weakness in the euro supported the dollar, which rose 0.3 percent against a basket of currencies to 95.979 .DXY . The dollar index has lost around 2 percent since mid-December and remains near a three-month low of 95.638 reached on Monday.

    Dollar sentiment, however, has been bolstered by optimism about a possible U.S.-China trade agreement.

    U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said on Monday there was a good chance Beijing and Washington would reach a trade deal that "we could live with."

    Against the yen, the dollar was little changed at 108.70 yen JPY= .

    Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said on Friday the Fed is not on a preset path of rate hikes and will be sensitive to the downside risks markets are pricing in.

    The prospect of no further rate increases is likely to keep the dollar under pressure, analysts said.

    Still, the lack of a compelling alternative to the greenback has helped slow currency moves to the downside, Western Union's Manimbo said.

    The British pound GBP=D3 traded down 0.5 percent at $1.2720 and traders expect the currency to remain volatile over the next few weeks.

    British Prime Minister Theresa May must win a vote in Parliament next week to approve her government's Brexit agreement or risk seeing Britain's exit from the European Union descend into chaos.

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    	Currency bid prices at 10:35AM (1535 GMT) 
    
     Description	  RIC		 Last		   U.S. Close  Pct Change	 YTD Pct	 High Bid	Low Bid 
    											  Previous				   Change				  
    											  Session											
     Euro/Dollar	  EUR=		$1.1433		$1.1474	 -0.36%		 -0.33%	  +1.1485	 +1.1422 
     Dollar/Yen	   JPY=		108.7500	   108.7000	+0.05%		 -1.37%	  +109.0800   +108.5200 
     Euro/Yen		 EURJPY=	 124.33		 124.73	  -0.32%		 -1.50%	  +124.8600   +124.2500 
     Dollar/Swiss	 CHF=		0.9816		 0.9795	  +0.21%		 +0.02%	  +0.9834	 +0.9790 
     Sterling/Dollar  GBP=		1.2716		 1.2778	  -0.49%		 -0.32%	  +1.2796	 +1.2713 
     Dollar/Canadian  CAD=		1.3302		 1.3296	  +0.05%		 -2.46%	  +1.3310	 +1.3267 
     Australian/Doll  AUD=		0.7120		 0.7147	  -0.38%		 +1.01%	  +0.7149	 +0.7117 
     ar																							  
    
     Euro/Swiss	   EURCHF=	 1.1224		 1.1239	  -0.13%		 -0.27%	  +1.1251	 +1.1220 
     Euro/Sterling	EURGBP=	 0.8988		 0.8978	  +0.11%		 +0.04%	  +0.8991	 +0.8949 
     NZ			   NZD=		0.6710		 0.6751	  -0.61%		 -0.12%	  +0.6758	 +0.6709 
     Dollar/Dollar																				   
    
     Dollar/Norway	NOK=		8.5622		 8.5295	  +0.38%		 -0.89%	  +8.5672	 +8.5246 
     Euro/Norway	  EURNOK=	 9.7906		 9.7897	  +0.01%		 -1.17%	  +9.7955	 +9.7620 
     Dollar/Sweden	SEK=		8.9302		 8.8945	  +0.03%		 -0.37%	  +8.9362	 +8.8778 
     Euro/Sweden	  EURSEK=	 10.2100		10.2070	 +0.03%		 -0.53%	  +10.2151	+10.1730                    
 
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