Forex – Dollar Index Continues to Rise on U.S. Optimism

Dollar remains supported by data, Fed minutes – The U.S. dollar continued to rise against other major currencies on Friday, after the minutes of the Federal Reserve’s latest policy meeting and Thursday’s upbeat data boosted optimism over the strength of the U.S. economy.

The greenback was boosted after the U.S. Labor Department reported on Thursday that initial jobless claims fell by 7,000 to last week, compared to expectations for jobless claims to total 230,000.

The data came a day after the of the Fed’s January policy meeting showed that central bank officials see and rising inflation as justification to continue to raise interest rates gradually.

The dollar had been pressured lower recently by expectations for a faster pace of monetary tightening outside the U.S., which would lessen the divergence between the Fed and other central banks.

The , which measures the greenback’s strength against a trade-weighted basket of six major currencies, was up 0.13% at 89.78 by 05:00 a.m. ET (09:00 GMT), just off a one-and-a-half week high of 90.17 hit on Thursday.

The euro was lower, with down 0.15% at 1.2310, while added 0.16% to 1.3974.

Official data earlier showed that euro zone consumer price inflation rose year-over-year in January, in line with expectations.

On a monthly basis, consumer prices slipped last month, also in line with expectations.

Elsewhere, the yen and the Swiss franc were weaker, with rising 0.12% to 106.88 and with edging up 0.16% to 0.9339.

The Australian and New Zealand dollars were lower, with down 0.28% at 0.7823 and with declining 0.52% to 0.7303.

Meanwhile, held steady at 1.2711.

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