United States dollar mixed after data, Fed minutes

Dollar little changed vs. rivals with FOMC meeting minutes on tap

Dollar little changed vs. rivals with FOMC meeting minutes on tapMore

Federal Reserve policymakers were anxious last month about inflation, but for two opposing reasons.

While the USA benchmark S&P 500 index hit a session low around the same time as the Barcelona attack's death toll headlines, Dick noted that US investors generally tend not to trade heavily on overseas news and are more concerned with Trump.

The Fed is expected to report that industrial production rose 0.3 percent in July after rising 0.4 percent in June.

While not "terribly unexpected", the minutes cast further doubts on whether Fed officials will raise interest rates again this year "because of their concern about the path that inflation was taking", said Donald Ellenberger, head of multisector strategies at Federated Investors.

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All 11 major S&P sectors were lower, with technology index's 1.17 percent fall topping the list.

She said there is roughly an equal chance that the Fed is forced to raise rates more or less aggressively than now planned in the months and years ahead.

Sellers emerged when Trump disbanded two high-profile advisory councils after several CEOs quit to protest his comments about violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Meanwhile the Fed plans to defer a decision on starting to pare back its enormous balance sheet "until an upcoming meeting", giving investors a little more detail as to when it will stop buying securities under its bond purchase programme.

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According to Reuters, financial markets with depressed bond yields and record high stock indexes, as we are now seeing in the United States, give approximately a 40 percent chance of a rate hike before the end of the year.

The U.S. dollar bought 109.69 Japanese yen, lower than 110.12 yen of the previous session. USA gold futures (GCcv1) gained 0.71 percent to $1,292.00 an ounce.

Treasury yields reached one-week peaks earlier Wednesday in line with their European counterparts on stronger-than-forecast annual growth in the eurozone.

Australia's benchmark S&P/ASX 200 index rose 0.20%, as gains in the materials and health care sub-indexes were balanced by losses in the energy and telecommunication services sub-indexes. The Nasdaq Composite dropped 25.39 points, or 0.40 percent, to 6,319.72.

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The index's largest component is the euro, which sank to a three-week low after the ECB's minutes showed officials warning about a possible market overshoot for the currency.

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