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Dollar drops slightly against currencies

The Kremlin stated it remained open to diplomacy with the United States and other countries as it encountered actions from a slew of countries. Britain issued a list of sanctions, and Germany froze the Nord Stream 2 Baltic Sea gas pipeline project, significantly raising the flow of Russian gas.

The dollar cut somewhat as U.S. President Joe Biden announced the first wave of sanctions versus Russia while he hoped diplomacy was still available.

The euro climbed versus the dollar following earlier, touching its softest level after Feb. 14, buoyed in part by the hope for talks and economic data that established business morale in Germany improved in February across all sectors to its highest after August.

The dollar index dropped 0.1%, with the euro up 0.2% to $1.1333. The dollar swung between gains of as much as 0.1% and a decrease of 0.35% on the day.

 

Consumer confidence falling

Russia’s rouble boosted 2.07% versus the dollar at 78.76, weakening to 80.9275 per dollar, a level last caught in November 2020. Sterling was last trading at $1.359, under 0.06% on the day.

The dollar earlier acquired some ground behind data from IHS Markit revealed U.S. business activity in February regained speed as the drag from a wave in coronavirus cases throughout the winter reduced.

Other data, nevertheless, showed U.S. consumer confidence dropped for a second consecutive month in February.

After initially toughening versus the dollar, safe havens like the Swiss franc and Japanese yen gave back gains versus the dollar. The dollar was higher 0.6% versus the Swiss franc, while the yen sagged 0.29%.

In cryptocurrencies, Bitcoin last increased 2.76% to $38,089.06. Ethereum last surged 1.94% to $2,632.62.

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