U.S. dollar rises amid rate-hike expectations

BY  | FROM  | 2018-02-25 15:45

The U.S. dollar climbed against most major currencies on Friday as the Federal Reserve's latest report raised market expectations for more rate-hikes later this year.

The U.S. central bank released its semiannual monetary policy report on Friday morning. According to the report, the policy-makers reaffirmed their position in raising interest rates gradually.

"The Fed expects that, with further gradual adjustments in the stance of monetary policy, economic activity will expand at a moderate pace and labor market conditions will remain Strong," the report said.

Inflation on a 12-month basis is expected to move up this year and to stabilize around the Committee's 2 percent objective over the next few years, it added.

Analysts said the Fed's recent hawkish remarks spurred market speculation that it will raise interest rates as many as three times by year-end.

The dollar index, which measures the greenback against six major peers, rose 0.16 percent at 89.874 in late trading.

In late New York trading, the euro decreased to 1.2298 dollars from 1.2332 dollars in the previous session, and the British pound increased to 1.3969 dollars from 1.3958 U.S. dollars in the previous session. The Australian dollar decreased to 0.7835 dollar from 0.7846 dollar.

The U.S. dollar bought 106.73 Japanese yen, higher than 106.6700 Japanese yen of the previous session. The U.S. dollar was up to 0.9361 Swiss franc from 0.9330 Swiss franc, and it fell to 1.2664 Canadian dollars from 1.2714 Canadian dollars.

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