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US dollar tumbles against euro, surges against peso on FBI Clinton probe

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The US dollar tumbled against a basket of major currencies on Friday while hitting a three-week high against the Mexican peso on US political uncertainty after the FBI said it would review more emails related to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's private email use.

[NEW YORK] The US dollar tumbled against a basket of major currencies on Friday while hitting a three-week high against the Mexican peso on US political uncertainty after the FBI said it would review more emails related to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's private email use.

The reports added a new twist to the US presidential campaign with just 11 days to go before Election Day on Nov 8. Analysts said the US dollar's losses against major rivals were largely on renewed uncertainty over the outcome of the election, since traders were largely expecting a Clinton victory.

Markets have tended to see Mrs Clinton as the candidate of the status quo, while there is greater uncertainty over what a victory for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump might mean for US foreign policy, international trade deals or the domestic economy.

"No one can doubt that this is a serious complication for the Clinton campaign if the investigation stays open," said Joseph Trevisani, chief market strategist at WorldWideMarkets in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey.

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Mrs Clinton has been holding a commanding lead in the race to win the Electoral College and claim the presidency, according to results from the Reuters/Ipsos States of the Nation project released on Saturday.

The euro hit an eight-day peak against the US dollar of US$1.0991, putting it up about 0.9 per cent on the day, while the US dollar fell about 0.7 per cent against the yen to a session low of 104.49 yen after hitting a three-month high of 105.53 earlier.

The US dollar hit an eight-day low against the Swiss franc of 0.9859 franc. The US dollar index, which measures the greenback against a basket of six major currencies, hit an eight-day low of 98.242. The index was set to post a weekly decline of about 0.4 per cent.

The US dollar jumped more than 1.3 per cent, however, against the Mexican peso to a three-week high of 19.1002 pesos before paring gains. A Trump victory has been viewed as a key risk for the Mexican currency given Mr Trump's promises to clamp down on immigration and rethink trade relations.

"This news that came out has the potential to give a little bit more strength to Trump's campaign, which is obviously not very good news for Mexico," said Sireen Harajli, currency strategist at Mizuho Corporate Bank in New York.

The US dollar was last up 0.57 per cent against the peso at 18.9380 pesos, with analysts attributing the moderation to profit-taking.

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