The dollar rose to a one-month high against a basket of currencies on Thursday as data on U.S. inflation and business orders revived confidence in the world’s biggest economy and supported bets the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates in the middle of the year.
The greenback also received support from San Francisco President John Williams and St. Louis Federal Reserve chief James Bullard, with both making remarks that suggested the U.S. central bank might end its near zero interest rate policy sooner than some traders expect.
The dollar’s rise followed back-to-back days of declines stemming from perceived dovish signals from Fed Chair Janet Yellen in her semiannual testimony before Congress.
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