Dollar falls as economic data offsets virus fears
The dollar nursed losses against most currencies on Tuesday as strong regional economic data offset fears about a second coronavirus wave in the United States and Europe.
Profits at Chinese industrial firms rose for a fifth consecutive month in September, while the South Korean economy drastically improved.
This development boosted the yuan and lifted the Korean won to a near seven-month peak. It also slashed the dollar’s gains in the previous session, pushing the dollar index 0.1% lower.
Movements in currency markets are limited as wariness grows ahead of the U.S. presidential election. Data showed that long bets on the yen fell for a fourth straight week last week as traders increased stakes on a Biden win.
Elsewhere, the Taiwan dollar rose 1% to a more than nine-year high. The Turkish lira fell to a record low on Monday due to geopolitical concerns and a sudden announcement from its central bank on keeping its policy rates on hold.