Dollar wallows near one-week low as haven demand ebbs

TOKYO : The dollar wallowed near its lowest level in a week versus major peers on Friday, as improved risk sentiment wiped out recent gains amid easing concerns about contagion from a potential China Evergrande Group default.
Risk appetite returned, lifting oil and global equities, even as hawkish comments from the Bank of England pushed up yields globally, with those on 10-year U.S. Treasury notes hitting the highest since July overnight at 1.437per cent.
That failed to help the greenback though, with the U.S. Dollar Index, which measures the currency against a basket of six rivals, easing slightly to 93.068 from Thursday, when it slid 0.36per cent and touched the lowest since Sept. 17 at 92.977. That erased gains for the week, and set the index up for a 0.16per cent decline.
"Risk sentiment was unperturbed by the move in yields, instead taking its lead from news around Evergrande," Tapas Strickland, an analyst at National Australia Bank, wrote in a client note.
"Chinese authorities are readying restructuring teams, alleviating fears of a Lehman's-type moment."
Beijing injected fresh cash into its financial system on Thursday, as embattled property giant Evergrande announced it would make interest payments on an onshore bond. There has been no word yet, however, on whether it also made coupon payments on dollar bonds due that day, with more due next week.
Even so, the mood improved, weighing on other safe havens like the yen and lifting commodity-linked currencies like the Australian dollar.
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