* Dollar posts monthly losses vs yen, euro
* Pound reverses earlier losses from YouGov UK election
* Focus on Friday's U.S. jobs report
(Adds comment, Chinese yuan, updates prices)
By Gertrude Chavez-Dreyfuss
NEW YORK, May 31 The dollar fell broadly on
Wednesday, sliding to two-week lows against the yen and a more
than one-week trough versus the euro amid growing political
tension in Washington.
The greenback in May posted its worst monthly performance
against the euro in more than a year, even as the European
Central Bank committed to keep its stimulus plan in the region.
Against a basket of major currencies, the dollar ended the
month with its largest monthly percentage loss since January.
"The dollar remains pressured by the mounting dysfunction in
Washington that has all but eliminated hopes for a bold fiscal
stimulus package from the Trump administration," said Omer
Esiner, chief market analyst at Commonwealth Foreign Exchange in
President Donald Trump's administration has been the focus
of independent investigations by the Federal Bureau of
Investigation and several congressional panels over alleged
Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and potential
collusion by the Trump campaign.
U.S. economic data, meanwhile, was mixed on Wednesday.
Pending home sales fell for a second straight month in
April, hindered by a lack of supply, while an index of U.S.
Midwest manufacturing activity rose in May.
These reports though have little bearing on expectations for
next month's expected tightening by the Federal Reserve,
although the number of hikes this year is still up for debate.
Currently, futures markets have priced in an 86 percent
chance the Fed will raise rates by 25 basis points in June, but
much could change depending on economic data in the run-up to
that meeting, most notably Friday's jobs report.
A Reuters poll showed Wall Street economists forecasting
185,000 new jobs in May.
Britain's pound, meanwhile, recovered on Wednesday after a
poll showed the country's ruling Conservative party still in the
lead, overriding a previous projection of a hung parliament in
elections next week.
In late trade, the dollar was down 0.1 percent at 110.67
yen after earlier falling to two-week lows
The euro was up 0.5 percent at $1.1236, while the
dollar index fell 0.3 percent to 96.99.
"Euro/dollar has now formed a strongly bullish technical
trend that spans the past two months," said James Chen, head of
research at Forex.com in Bedminster, New Jersey.
Sterling was up 0.2 percent at $1.2883.
In China, the yuan surged to a more than six-month high
against the dollar on views the Chinese central bank is now less
inclined to markedly weaken its currency against the greenback.
(Reporting by Gertrude Chavez-Dreyfuss; Editing by Andrea Ricci
and Chizu Nomiyama)