Investing.com | Oct 19, 2017 10:18
Investing.com - The dollar edged lower against other major counterparts on Thursday, as investors eyed upcoming U.S. economic reports amid ongoing speculation surrounding the next head of the Federal Reserve.
The greenback had strengthened broadly following reports earlier in the week that U.S. President Donald Trump was favoring Stanford economist John Taylor to replace Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen next year. Taylor is seen as more hawkish than current Yellen.
But the dollar turned lower after data on Wednesday showed that U.S. housing starts hit a one-year low in September, while building permits also slumped.
Meanwhile, the Spanish government was set to suspend Catalonia’s autonomy and impose direct rule after the region’s president refused to abandon the push for independence.
The announcement came after Carles Puigdemont threatened a unilateral declaration of independence if the Spanish government did not agree to talks on the issue.
Investors were eyeing Japan's general election scheduled on Sunday. According to most polls, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's coalition is on track to secure a two-thirds majority.
Earlier in the day, the Australian Bureau of Statistics said that the number of employed peole increased by 19,800 in September, beating expectations for an increase of 15,000.
The unemployment rate ticked down to 5.5% last month from 5.6% in August.
Also Thursday, data showed that China's gross domestic product expanded by 1.7% in the thid quarter, in line with expecations.
Meanwhile, USD/CAD held steady at 1.2467.
The U.S. dollar index, which measures the greenback’s strength against a trade-weighted basket of six major currencies, was down 0.09% at 93.22 by 05:15 a.m. ET (09:15 GMT), off Wednesday's one-and-a-hald week high of 93.65.
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