The dollar rebounded on Thursday, recovering all of the previous session's losses against the euro as the prospects of U.S. COVID-19 relief spending remained uncertain and the pandemic intensified on both sides of the Atlantic.
The dollar, which tends to rally when markets are nervous, has been under pressure in recent weeks on expectations of more U.S. fiscal support, though that may be difficult to achieve before the Nov.
The lack of instant gratification on the relief bill front nL1N2HD0KX led traders to pause dollar selling after big moves earlier this week and before Thursday's presidential debate and PMI reports on Friday.
EUR/USD's failure to hold above 61.8% Fibo resistance at 1.1961 nL1N2HD0TO led to a nearly 38.2% Fibo correction of the Oct.
15-21 rise at 1.1807.
Downbeat French and German data illustrated the pandemic's economic drag, while a sizeable speculative long position remains a hindrance to the euro.
There is also the risk that, short of Democrats winning the White House and the Senate, further fiscal relief will be delayed or disappointingly small.
GBP/USD surrendered some of Wednesday's 1.54% surge, its best session since late March.
Resumption of EU-UK trade talks fueled sterling's rise on Wednesday, but there's still no indication of an imminent breakthrough nL1N2HD1F3.
The new mid-November deadline gives markets more time for hope and fear nL8N2HD58L.
The expansion of cash for COVID-hit businesses nL1N2HD0TY may cushion the economic blow to the UK economy and sterling.
Wednesday's outsized yen rally came in for a correction, with USD/JPY finding its footing near the day's whopping $2.6 bln of 104.50 expiries at the 76.4% Fibo of the September-October rebound there.
It breached but failed to close below that Fibo on Wednesday.
Higher Treasury yields -- after jobless claims fell more than forecast nL1N2HC22N -- supported USD/JPY, but it needs to close above key hurdles at 105.40-08 to shake off Wednesday's wipeout and sell signals nL1N2HD0ZZ.
If it falls beneath September's 104 low, the 101.18 pandemic trough would be on the agenda again nL1N2HD0TF.
Trading in high-beta and emerging markets currencies was highly idiosyncratic, not all falling into line with the 0.48% rebound in the oversold USD/CNY overnight.
MXN, BRL and ZAR posted decent gains against the dollar.
Stark contrast came from the Turkish lira's 1.6% dive to record lows after the CBRT passed on a major rate hike the market was expecting nL1N2HD0DU.
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