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FOREX-Dollar climbs past four-month high as risk appetite wanes

    * Dollar index climbs past four-month high
    * U.S. Treasury yields inch as high 1.64% after weak auction
    * Graphic: World FX rates tmsnrt.rs/2RBWI5E

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    By Jessica DiNapoli and Elizabeth Howcroft
    New York, March 25 (Reuters) - The U.S. dollar climbed
against a basket of major currencies again on Thursday, leaping
over a four-moth high, as investors' pared their appetite for
risk.
    The dollar index rose about .28% to 92.85 in afternoon
trading. The greenback for the year is now up more than 3%. 
    Yields on Treasuries climbed to their highest in the session
after weak demand for the second month in a row at an auction on
seven-year notes. The session high yield was 1.642%.
On Thursday afternoon they yielded 1.630%. 
    The rise again in the dollar indicated investors were
shrugging off positive data showing fewer-than-expected
Americans filed new claims for unemployment benefits last week,
and commentary from U.S. President Joe Biden that the economy is
gaining steam. 
    "The dollar has been grinding higher over the last few
days," said Mazen Issa, senior currency analyst at TD
Securities. "The bias here is that the dollar ... remains
elevated." 
    U.S. stocks, rose late in the day on Thursday in a session
marked by choppy trading.
    Concerns about extended lockdowns in Europe also weighed on
markets. Leaders in Europe met to discuss how to
ramp up supplies of COVID-19 vaccines after a slow start to
inoculations.
    The euro was down 0.41% against the dollar, at $1.1767
, with analysts forecasting it could embrace the $1.16
range, as Europe's economic recovery lags.
    The dollar was up .39% against the yen at 109.1500.
    The Australian and New Zealand dollars, which dropped in the
previous two sessions, edged down slightly against the U.S.
dollar.
    Bitcoin was roughly flat, down 1.43% at $52,360.51
.
    The cryptocurrency briefly topped $57,000 after Tesla Inc
 boss Elon Musk said on Wednesday customers can now buy
the company's electric cars with the digital token.
        Currency bid prices at 4:00PM (2000 GMT)
 Description      RIC         Last           U.S. Close  Pct Change     YTD Pct       High Bid    Low Bid
                                              Previous                   Change                   
                                              Session                                             
 Dollar index                 92.8500        92.5970     +0.28%         3.188%        +92.9170    +92.5120
 Euro/Dollar                  $1.1767        $1.1815     -0.41%         -3.70%        +$1.1828    +$1.1762
 Dollar/Yen                   109.1100       108.6800    +0.39%         +5.63%        +109.2300   +108.7500
 Euro/Yen                     128.39         128.42      -0.02%         +1.16%        +128.9400   +128.4100
 Dollar/Swiss                 0.9397         0.9358      +0.42%         +6.22%        +0.9399     +0.9351
 Sterling/Dollar              $1.3735        $1.3680     +0.42%         +0.55%        +$1.3745    +$1.3671
 Dollar/Canadian              1.2617         1.2582      +0.29%         -0.91%        +1.2629     +1.2547
 Aussie/Dollar                $0.7579        $0.7581     -0.01%         -1.46%        +$0.7614    +$0.7564
 Euro/Swiss                   1.1056         1.1052      +0.04%         +2.29%        +1.1074     +1.1043
 Euro/Sterling                0.8564         0.8629      -0.75%         -4.17%        +0.8641     +0.8566
 NZ                           $0.6952        $0.6961     -0.06%         -3.13%        +$0.6986    +$0.6944
 Dollar/Dollar                                                                                    
 Dollar/Norway                8.6390         8.5685      +1.08%         +0.86%        +8.6665     +8.5900
 Euro/Norway                  10.1678        10.1608     +0.07%         -2.86%        +10.2154    +10.1360
 Dollar/Sweden                8.6478         8.6046      +0.02%         +5.51%        +8.6749     +8.5985
 Euro/Sweden                  10.1755        10.1733     +0.02%         +0.98%        +10.2143    +10.1652
 
    
 (Reporting by Elizabeth Howcroft Editing by Jane Merriman, Paul
Simao and David Gregorio)
  
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