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FOREX-'Resolutely' dovish Fed sends dollar to 4th weekly loss; loonie at 3-year high

    * Dollar index heads for 2.7% monthly loss, worst since July
    * Canadian dollar buoyed by BoC tapering, rally in crude oil
    * Yen languishes amid higher U.S. yields, record stock rally
    * Ether hovers near all-time high; bitcoin stuck near
$54,000

    By Kevin Buckland
    TOKYO, April 30 (Reuters) - The U.S. dollar skidded toward a
fourth straight weekly decline against a basket of major peers
on Friday, as the Federal Reserve stuck to its message of
ultra-low interest rates for longer.
    The dollar index was on course to end the week 0.2%
lower, bringing its losses for April to 2.7%. A four-week losing
streak would be the longest since the six-week slide to the end
of last July, and the monthly loss would also be the biggest
since July's 4% slump.
    The Canadian dollar climbed to a
more-than-three-year high of C$1.2268 per greenback on Friday,
on track for a 1.6% weekly gain that would be its biggest since
the start of November.
    At the conclusion of the Fed's latest policy meeting on
Wednesday, Chair Jerome Powell acknowledged the U.S. economy's
growth, but said there was not yet enough evidence of
"substantial further progress" toward recovery to warrant a
change to its ultra-loose monetary settings.
    That growth accelerated in the first quarter, buoyed by
government stimulus cheques, setting the course for what is
expected to be the strongest performance this year in nearly
four decades.
    Signs that a strengthening economy, particularly in the
labour market, might force the Fed into an earlier tapering of
its asset-purchase programme had pushed the dollar index, or
DXY, to a five-month high at the end of March.    
    "DXY may attempt a rebound in coming days as expectations
turn to a potentially blockbuster April payrolls next week, but
gains will prove short-lived with Fed officials to underscore
Powell’s resolutely dovish stance," Westpac strategists wrote in
a client note. 
    The gauge is likely to drop below 90 in the near term, from
90.6 currently, but the "DXY's depreciation trend is likely more
of an ongoing grind than a wholesale sharp setback," they said. 
  
    The Fed's dovishness was in marked contrast to the Bank of
Canada, which has already begun to taper its asset purchases.
Canada's commodity-linked loonie got additional support from a
surge in oil to a six-week peak along with higher lumber prices.
    Rising commodity prices also supported the Australian dollar
, which gained 0.2% to $0.77785, climbing back toward
the six-week high of $0.78180 touched Thursday.
    The euro has largely flat at $1.21165, near the
two-month high of $1.2150 set the previous session. The shared
currency is up 0.2% for the week and 3.3% for the month.
    The yen, a traditional haven, saw opposite
fortunes, hurt by a recovery in U.S. Treasury yields and a rally
to record highs for global stocks that sapped demand for the
safest assets.
    Japan's currency changed hands at 108.81 per dollar, near
the two-week low of 109.22 from Thursday, setting it up for a
loss of about 0.9% for the week.
    China's yuan traded near its strongest since March
3 in the offshore market, last changing hands at 6.4635 per
dollar, even as gauges of Chinese factory activity showed a loss
of momentum in April.
    The yuan has jumped some 1.5% this month from a four-month
low of 6.5875 on April 1, but Mizuho strategist Ken Cheung wrote
in a client note that a re-pricing of growth trajectories for
China versus the United States will keep the rally in check from
here.
    In cryptocurrencies, ether hovered below a record
high of $2,800.89 set on Thursday, after being lifted this week
on media reports about the European Investment Bank's plans to
launch a "digital bond" sale on the ethereum blockchain network.

    "The use case of ethereum has just grown exponentially,"
particularly with wider use of non-fungible tokens (NFTs), said
Tim Frost, the chief executive at fintech company YIELD App.
    "All signs point to a continued bull market."
    Bigger rival bitcoin traded at $54,256.24,
vacillating around that level this week after dipping as low as
$47,004.20 on Sunday, following a sharp retreat from the record
high of $64,895.22 marked in the middle of the month.
    
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    Currency bid prices at 0526 GMT
 Description      RIC         Last           U.S. Close  Pct Change     YTD Pct     High Bid    Low Bid
                                              Previous                   Change                 
                                              Session                                           
 Euro/Dollar                  $1.2117        $1.2122     -0.04%         -0.83%      +1.2127     +1.2116
 Dollar/Yen                   108.8170       108.9100    -0.01%         +5.43%      +109.0450   +108.7250
 Euro/Yen         <EURJPY=EB  131.86         131.99      -0.10%         +3.89%      +132.1900   +131.7900
                  S>                                                                            
 Dollar/Swiss                 0.9089         0.9089      +0.02%         +2.75%      +0.9092     +0.9084
 Sterling/Dollar              1.3938         1.3946      -0.05%         +2.02%      +1.3957     +1.3939
 Dollar/Canadian              1.2274         1.2278      -0.02%         -3.60%      +1.2283     +1.2268
 Aussie/Dollar                0.7775         0.7766      +0.14%         +1.09%      +0.7783     +0.7767
 NZ                           0.7244         0.7243      +0.03%         +0.89%      +0.7253     +0.7241
 Dollar/Dollar All spots
Tokyo spots
Europe spots 
Volatilities 
Tokyo Forex market info from BOJ 

    
 (Reporting by Kevin Buckland; Editing by Lincoln Feast)
  
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