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FOREX-U.S. dollar drops to two-week low; bitcoin eyes $50,000

    * Dollar index falls to two-week low
    * Yen, euro, sterling strengthen against dollar
    * Bitcoin soars to fresh record high
    * Graphic: World FX rates tmsnrt.rs/2RBWI5E

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    By Gertrude Chavez-Dreyfuss
    NEW YORK, Feb 9 (Reuters) - The dollar fell to two-week lows on Tuesday in choppy trading, led by losses
against the yen and euro, as risk sentiment improved in the afternoon session amid stock market gains and as
U.S. Treasury yields rose.
    Bitcoin soared to a record high, headed toward the $50,000 milestone. It has surged more than
1,000% since March 2020 and analysts said forecasts of bitcoin hitting $100,000 this year no longer seem
far-fetched.
    Shares on Wall Street traded higher in the afternoon. Treasury yields rose from their lows as the dollar
extended its losses
    "The FX market has been taking some of its cue from the equity market," said Simon Harvey, senior FX
market analyst at Monex Europe in London.
    "There are heightened expectations that the actual stimulus package would be higher than expected. The
Biden administration is going through reconciliation which means a less timely release of stimulus but a
larger package," he added.
    The dollar has risen as Democrats in the U.S. Congress moved to fast-track President Joe Biden's $1.9
trillion COVID-19 relief package. But some analysts say massive fiscal spending and continued ultra-easy
Federal Reserve monetary policy will ultimately be a broad headwind for the dollar.
    U.S. benchmark 10-year U.S. Treasury yields rose to near March 2020 highs on Monday as
investors bet on a faster economic recovery than many of peers. U.S. 10-year yields were last 1.16%.
    The dollar index was 0.6% lower at 90.54, after earlier hitting a two-week low.
    Disappointing U.S. jobs data on Friday knocked the wind out of a two-week run that had lifted the dollar
 to a more than two-month high of 91.60.
    Shaun Osborne, chief FX strategist, at Scotiabank in Toronto said dollar losses at this point were a
little premature, "especially as positioning indicators suggest that active traders continue to reduce what
remains a fairly significant U.S. dollar short exposure."
    BLISTERING BITCOIN
    Cryptocurrencies were the biggest beneficiary of the weakening dollar. Bitcoin rocketed above
$48,000, building on a nearly 20% surge overnight after Tesla Inc announced a $1.5 billion
investment in the digital asset.   
    The Japanese yen was another major beneficiary, rising 0.6% against the U.S. dollar to 104.69
yen. Earlier, the dollar fell to a two-week low of 104.50 yen.
    The yen has become increasingly correlated with outright yields rather than an indicator of broad risk
sentiment. A 90-day rolling correlation between yen and U.S. yields has strengthened considerably since the
final quarter of 2020.
    Elsewhere, the euro rose 0.5% to $1.2104 on Tuesday, up from a two-month low of $1.1952
touched Friday.
    The British pound climbed to $1.3816, its highest since May 2018. It last traded up 0.6% at
$1.3811. 
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    Currency bid prices at 3:29PM (2029 GMT)
 Description      RIC         Last           U.S. Close  Pct Change     YTD Pct       High Bid    Low Bid
                                              Previous                   Change                   
                                              Session                                             
 Dollar index                 90.4480        90.9530     -0.54%         0.519%        +90.9630    +90.4270
 Euro/Dollar                  $1.2117        $1.2050     +0.56%         -0.82%        +$1.2121    +$1.2049
 Dollar/Yen                   104.5650       105.2100    -0.60%         +1.24%        +105.2550   +104.5100
 Euro/Yen                     126.70         126.78      -0.06%         -0.17%        +126.8400   +126.4400
 Dollar/Swiss                 0.8923         0.8989      -0.73%         +0.86%        +0.8990     +0.8920
 Sterling/Dollar              $1.3810        $1.3742     +0.52%         +1.11%        +$1.3816    +$1.3739
 Dollar/Canadian              1.2700         1.2740      -0.31%         -0.26%        +1.2766     +1.2695
 Aussie/Dollar                $0.7736        $0.7704     +0.42%         +0.57%        +$0.7740    +$0.7701
 Euro/Swiss                   1.0812         1.0829      -0.16%         +0.03%        +1.0833     +1.0805
 Euro/Sterling                0.8771         0.8769      +0.02%         -1.85%        +0.8798     +0.8763
 NZ                           $0.7237        $0.7220     +0.26%         +0.81%        +$0.7254    +$0.7216
 Dollar/Dollar                                                                                    
 Dollar/Norway                8.4445         8.5205      -0.88%         -1.65%        +8.5000     +8.4455
 Euro/Norway                  10.2348        10.2550     -0.20%         -2.23%        +10.2725    +10.2320
 Dollar/Sweden                8.3191         8.3870      -0.17%         +1.50%        +8.3962     +8.3170
 Euro/Sweden                  10.0809        10.0983     -0.17%         +0.04%        +10.1255    +10.0780
 
    
 (Reporting by Gertrude Chavez-Dreyfuss; Editing by Edmund Blair and David Gregorio)
  
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