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The dollar was mixed against other major currencies on Friday as markets continued to digest the Federal Reserve's surprise decision to delay tapering stimulus.
NEW YORK CITY: The dollar was mixed against other major currencies on Friday as markets continued to digest the Federal Reserve's surprise decision to delay tapering stimulus.
The euro, meanwhile, was under pressure ahead of Sunday's general election in Germany, the Eurozone’s economic powerhouse.
The euro bought $1.3524 around 2200 GMT, down from $1.3531 late Thursday.
The euro also weakened against the Japanese currency, trading at 134.36 yen compared with 134.57 yen the prior day.
The dollar dropped to 99.35 yen from 99.45 yen.
The dollar found some support in comments by a senior Federal Reserve official opening the possibility of a stimulus cut in October, said Kathy Lien of BK Asset Management.
Speaking two days after the Federal Open Market Committee shocked markets by not reducing its $85 billion a month bond buying, FOMC member James Bullard said the beginning of the "taper" could still come this year.
"It's possible you get some data that changes the complexion of the outlook and makes the committee comfortable with a small taper in October," he told Bloomberg television.
Bullard added the FOMC decision to keep stimulus unchanged had been a "borderline" call.
"Thanks to Bullard we don't have to wait for the Fed minutes to get a better sense of how tough the decision to maintain asset purchases this week really was," Lien said.
She said markets will be looking at next week's packed calendar of speeches by Fed policy makers for more taper clues.
But she also said it was the euro's turn in the spotlight in the coming week because the lack of US economic data puts the focus on a busy Eurozone calendar.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is widely expected to win a third term "but there is little chance that her party will secure enough seats to avoid forming a coalition," Lien said.
The dollar rose against the British pound, which bought $1.6004 compared with $1.6030 Thursday.
The greenback held steady at 0.9102 Swiss franc.