July 9, 2020 / 3:32 PM / in a month

FOREX-Dollar rises from four-week low as U.S. stocks retreat

    * U.S. COVID cases surge on Wednesday
    * NY prosecutor can get Trump's financial records -Supreme Court 
    * Euro falls from 1-month high vs dollar
    * Chinese yuan rises to four-month high
    * Graphic: World FX rates in 2020 tmsnrt.rs/2egbfVh

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    By Gertrude Chavez-Dreyfuss
    NEW YORK, July 9 (Reuters) - The dollar rallied from a four-week low in choppy trading on Thursday,
enhancing the greenback's safe-haven appeal, as U.S. stocks fell with market sentiment turning cautious as
the United States hit another record high on new coronavirus cases.
    The euro, meanwhile, fell from a one-month high versus the dollar, while commodity currencies, which
tend to rise when there's higher risk appetite also slid against the greenback.
    Some analysts said dollar sentiment turned higher after the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that
a New York prosecutor can obtain President Donald Trump's financial records but prevented - at least for
now - the Democratic-led House of Representatives from obtaining similar documents.
    Earlier in the global session, the dollar struggled, with the Chinese yuan climbing to a four-month
peak as investors increased positions in Chinese stocks due to growing signs of a recovery in the world's
second-largest economy.
    Risk sentiment turned, however, during the U.S. session. Another contributing factor, apart from the
Supreme Court decision, was the renewed surge in COVID cases. 
    More than 60,000 new COVID-19 infections were reported on Wednesday and U.S. deaths rose by more than
900 for the second straight day, the most since early June.
    U.S. stocks fell on Thursday, a day after hitting a record closing high. The dollar continues to
negatively correlate with stocks and risk appetite.
    Analysts believed though that despite losses in the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones Index,
they are still well-supported on dips.
    "The risk backdrop should remain more or less positive for the foreseeable future, given the global
fiscal and monetary policy setting  - though we do not exclude the risk of more volatility late in the
summer or early fall as markets start to factor in the U.S. presidential election," said Shaun Osborne,
chief FX strategist at Scotiabank in Toronto.
    In late morning trading, the dollar index rose 0.2% to 96.668, after earlier falling to a
four-week low of 96.233.
    The euro dropped 0.3% to $1.1296, not that far from a one-month high around $1.1371 it hit earlier
in the day even after German export data failed to meet analysts' expectations.
    The dollar was flat against the yen at 107.255 yen and was up 0.2% versus the Swiss franc
.
    The Chinese yuan soared to a four-month high of 6.9808 in the offshore market and was last up 0.2%
against the dollar at 6.9830.
    China's currency has been a star performer as investors shrug off diplomatic tension between
Washington and Beijing to focus on China's improving economy and its attractive technology sector. 
    
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    Currency bid prices at 11:00AM (1500 GMT)
 Description      RIC         Last           U.S. Close  Pct Change     YTD Pct     High Bid    Low Bid
                                              Previous                   Change                 
                                              Session                                           
 Euro/Dollar      EUR=        $1.1292        $1.1329     -0.33%         +0.73%      +1.1370     +1.1291
 Dollar/Yen       JPY=        107.2700       107.2500    +0.02%         -1.48%      +107.3900   +107.1100
 Euro/Yen         EURJPY=     121.13         121.51      -0.31%         -0.67%      +121.9600   +121.1300
 Dollar/Swiss     CHF=        0.9397         0.9381      +0.17%         -2.90%      +0.9399     +0.9363
 Sterling/Dollar  GBP=        1.2616         1.2609      +0.06%         -4.85%      +1.2669     +1.2602
 Dollar/Canadian  CAD=        1.3568         1.3510      +0.43%         +4.48%      +1.3576     +1.3491
 Australian/Doll  AUD=        0.6962         0.6982      -0.29%         -0.84%      +0.7000     +0.6956
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 Euro/Swiss       EURCHF=     1.0613         1.0630      -0.16%         -2.20%      +1.0647     +1.0613
 Euro/Sterling    EURGBP=     0.8950         0.8982      -0.36%         +5.87%      +0.9000     +0.8947
 NZ               NZD=        0.6562         0.6574      -0.18%         -2.58%      +0.6600     +0.6562
 Dollar/Dollar                                                                                  
 Dollar/Norway    NOK=        9.4324         9.3754      +0.61%         +7.45%      +9.4425     +9.3432
 Euro/Norway      EURNOK=     10.6530        10.6310     +0.21%         +8.30%      +10.6675    +10.6084
 Dollar/Sweden    SEK=        9.2097         9.1726      +0.06%         -1.47%      +9.2147     +9.1481
 Euro/Sweden      EURSEK=     10.4046        10.3988     +0.06%         -0.62%      +10.4150    +10.3762
 
    
 (Reporting by Gertrude Chavez-Dreyfuss; Additional reporting by Olga Cotaga in London; Editing by Andrea
Ricci)
  
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