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    • Euro reverses gains vs dollars
    • Commodity currencies beneficiaries of improved risk sentiment
    • China, U.S. agree to extend trade talks
    • Markets look to speech by Fed's Powell
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    The dollar rallied from three-month lows on Thursday, with investors reducing bearish positions on the currency as they await resolution of U.S.-China trade negotiations, the U.S. government shutdown, and Britain's exit from the European Union.

    Analysts said the dollar's gains were also helped by the euro falling, as it hit key resistance levels.

    "The anti-dollar rally we saw yesterday is just stalling out," said Boris Schlossberg, managing director of FX strategy at BK Asset Management in New York.

    "We're very much in a wait-and-see mode. The market is waiting for resolution on the trade front, U.S. shutdown, and Brexit - three factors that are keeping the market in suspended animation right now," he added.

    In midmorning trading, the dollar index .DXY rose 0.1 percent to 95.338, after earlier dropping to a three-month trough. It has weakened 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.

    Investors are now looking to Fed Chairman Jerome Powell's speech before the Economic Club of Washington later on Thursday.

    "The market is looking for signs that the Fed will pause or significantly reduce its cycle of rate increases this year," said Dean Popplewell, vice president of market analysis, at OANDA in Toronto.

    "Thus far, there are no signals of a Fed U-turn on interest rates, but market pressure is mounting. U.S policymakers to date have been less data-dependent, and more agile in order to respond swiftly to changing conditions," he added.

    The euro, meanwhile, fell from a three-month high, having cleared key market levels earlier after the Fed minutes signaled a more cautious approach toward further rate hikes.

    It was last down 0.2 percent at $1.1524 EUR= . 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. [nEONJ110TY}

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

    That has lifted China's offshore yuan to its highest level since August, along with recent assurances from Beijing of further fiscal boosts to the slowing economy.

    The yuan has breached the key 6.8-per-dollar level in both onshore CNY=CFXS and offshore CNH=EBS trade.

    Commodity currencies such as the Australian dollar AUD= have been the biggest beneficiaries of improving risk sentiment this week. The Aussie dollar was last up 0.2 percent at US$0.7184.

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    	Currency bid prices at 10:02AM (1502 GMT) 
    
     Description	  RIC		 Last		   U.S. Close  Pct Change	 YTD Pct	 High Bid	Low Bid 
    											  Previous				   Change				  
    											  Session											
     Euro/Dollar	  EUR=		$1.1524		$1.1541	 -0.15%		 +0.48%	  +1.1570	 +1.1516 
     Dollar/Yen	   JPY=		108.0200	   108.1600	-0.13%		 -2.03%	  +108.2500   +107.7700 
     Euro/Yen		 EURJPY=	 124.50		 124.83	  -0.26%		 -1.36%	  +125.0600   +124.3600 
     Dollar/Swiss	 CHF=		0.9798		 0.9743	  +0.56%		 -0.16%	  +0.9802	 +0.9716 
     Sterling/Dollar  GBP=		1.2760		 1.2788	  -0.22%		 +0.02%	  +1.2801	 +1.2729 
     Dollar/Canadian  CAD=		1.3240		 1.3207	  +0.25%		 -2.91%	  +1.3249	 +1.3201 
     Australian/Doll  AUD=		0.7183		 0.7170	  +0.18%		 +1.90%	  +0.7197	 +0.7146 
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     Euro/Swiss	   EURCHF=	 1.1296		 1.1246	  +0.44%		 +0.37%	  +1.1296	 +1.1238 
     Euro/Sterling	EURGBP=	 0.9031		 0.9025	  +0.07%		 +0.52%	  +0.9060	 +0.9021 
     NZ			   NZD=		0.6788		 0.6786	  +0.03%		 +1.06%	  +0.6794	 +0.6771 
     Dollar/Dollar																				   
    
     Dollar/Norway	NOK=		8.4643		 8.4685	  -0.05%		 -2.02%	  +8.4909	 +8.4452 
     Euro/Norway	  EURNOK=	 9.7572		 9.7768	  -0.20%		 -1.50%	  +9.8011	 +9.7461 
     Dollar/Sweden	SEK=		8.8817		 8.8664	  -0.01%		 -0.92%	  +8.8986	 +8.8561 
     Euro/Sweden	  EURSEK=	 10.2361		10.2370	 -0.01%		 -0.27%	  +10.2610	+10.2260                    
 
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