The dollar saw its recent winning stop grind to a halt on Wednesday, as rebounding stocks and easing concerns about euro area debt fueled renewed risk appetite.
Traders looking for a safe haven bought were buying the dollar in recent days, but with manufacturing growth in China signaling strong demand, riskier assets attracted investors.
A mixed bag of data from the US kept traders guessing about the health of the nation’s economy.
The buck dropped to $1.3150 against the euro, having touched 2-month peak of $1.2968 on Tuesday.
The buck also pulled back from its 2-month high against the sterling, easing to $1.5640 from $1.5484.
Conversely, the dollar found its footing against the yen, rising to Y84.38. With the advance, the dollar was within a whisker of its recent 2-month peak.
U.S. private sector employment increased by more than expected in November, according to a report released by Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (ADP) on Wednesday, with the increase marking the strongest private sector job growth in three years.
ADP said private sector employment increased by 93,000 jobs in November following an upwardly revised increase of 82,000 jobs in October.
Meanwhile, a discouraging report on US mortgage activity fuel speculation that housing may be in for a double dip.
The Mortgage Bankers Association’s weekly mortgage applications survey for the week ending November 26 showed loan application volume decreased 16.5 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from one week earlier.
A report released by the Institute for Supply Management on Wednesday showed that activity in the U.S. manufacturing sector expanded for the sixteenth consecutive month in November, but the pace of growth in the sector slowed compared to the previous month.
The ISM said its manufacturing index edged down to 56.6 in November from 56.9 in October.
Elsewhere, China’s manufacturing purchasing managers index came in with a score of 55.2 in November, a 7-month high, the China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing said on Wednesday.