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Dollar underpinned by Powell; euro at 5-week low vs greenback

Contrasting signals from US Fed chief and ECB president send their currencies in opposite directions

Benign inflation data in the euro zone dented expectations that the European Central Bank will dial back its stimulus, slamming the euro to five-week lows against the dollar.


THE dollar held firm on Thursday, drawing support after the Federal Reserve's new chief Jerome Powell struck an optimistic tone on the US economy in a boost to rate hawks that sent global stocks tumbling.

In contrast, benign inflation data in the euro zone dented expectations...

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