Thu, 21 Oct 2021

NEW YORK, Sept. 23 (Xinhua) -- The U.S. dollar slipped in late trading on Thursday as market participants digested the Federal Reserve's latest announcement and a slew of economic data.

The dollar index, which measures the greenback against six major peers, decreased 0.47 percent at 93.0335.

In late New York trading, the euro rose to 1.1747 U.S. dollars from 1.1691 dollars in the previous session, and the British pound was up to 1.3732 dollars from 1.3613 U.S. dollars in the previous session. The Australian dollar increased to 0.7308 U.S. dollar from 0.7239 dollar.

The U.S. dollar bought 110.23 Japanese yen, higher than 109.85 Japanese yen of the previous session. The U.S. dollar was down to 0.9234 Swiss franc from 0.9268 Swiss franc, and it was down to 1.2648 Canadian dollars from 1.2780 Canadian dollars.

The U.S. Fed on Wednesday kept its benchmark interest rate unchanged at the record-low level of near zero, while signaling that the central bank may begin tapering asset purchases soon despite the Delta variant increasing economic uncertainty.

On the data front, U.S. initial jobless claims, a rough way to measure layoffs, registered 351,000 in the week ending Sept. 18, following an upward revised level of 335,000 in the prior week, the Department of Labor reported on Thursday. The reading topped market estimates of 320,000.

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