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© Reuters.  Dollar steady amid Fed leader speculation © Reuters. Dollar steady amid Fed leader speculation

Investing.com – The dollar was trading near two-week highs against a basket of the other major currencies on Tuesday as speculation over who will be the next the chairman of the Federal Reserve continued.

The U.S. dollar index, which measures the greenback’s strength against a trade-weighted basket of six major currencies, was little changed at 93.75 by 04:11 AM ET (08:11 AM GMT).

President Donald Trump told reporters on Monday he is “very, very close” to deciding who should lead the Fed after interviewing five candidates for the position.

They include current Fed Chair Janet Yellen, whose term expires in February, as well as Fed Governor Jerome Powell, Stanford University economist John Taylor, Trump’s chief economic advisor Gary Cohn, and former Fed Governor Kevin Warsh.

The dollar was higher against the yen, USD/JPY rising 0.22% to 113.68, re-approaching Monday’s more than three month highs of 114.09.

The dollar was boosted on Monday by expectations for U.S tax reforms after President Trump said Sunday that he was optimistic Congress would pass a tax plan he could sign by year’s end.

The euro was steady, with EUR/USD last at 1.1756.

Data on Tuesday showed that euro zone private sector activity continued to expand steadily in October.

Sterling was a touch lower, with GBP/USD at 1.3186 after Bank of England Deputy Governor Sir Jon Cunliffe warned that with UK economy suffering weak growth it is an “open question” whether the bank will raise borrowing costs in November.

Elsewhere, the New Zealand dollar fell to the lowest levels in five months overnight, with NZD/USD down 0.55% to 0.6926.

The kiwi has weakened broadly in recent sessions amid fears that a slowdown in foreign investment under the incoming Labor coalition government could hit growth and prompt the Reserve Bank of New Zealand to keep rates at current record lows for longer.

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