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Greenback stands tall versus euro as traders watch Catalan vote aftermath
On Monday, the evergreen buck started the month on a high note, backed by higher American yields, while the common currency was pressured because market participants closely watched the aftermath of a recent independence vote in Catalonia, Spain.
The dollar index, gauging the US dollar versus a basket of six key currencies, gained 0.3% being worth 93.323.
Higher American Treasury yields bolstered the US currency. The 10-year American Treasuries yield went up to 2.360% in Asian trade versus Friday's close of 2.326%.
On Monday, liquidity was relatively thin, with South Korea, India, China and Hong Kong markets unavailable for public holidays. Trade was light in Australia, with Sydney unavailable for a holiday. Meanwhile, Melbourne was still open.
The common currency tumbled 0.3% being worth $1.1776 because market participants nervously monitored the situation in Spain. In this European country police used batons as well as rubber bullets to suppress the Catalan vote on Sunday, leaving hundreds injured.
The European Central Bank will publish the monetary policy statement with the interest rate decision on January 21, at 14:45 MT time.
Joe Biden is going to unveil a Covid-19 relief package of about $2 trillion. After this announcement, the 10-year Treasury yield rose, adding support for the USD.
The US dollar’s weakness offered a boost to emerging-market currencies and oil.