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Dollar takes breather from rally, hovers just off 16-month top

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A packet of U.S. five-dollar bills is inspected at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Washington March 26, 2015. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

HONG KONG, Nov 18 (Reuters) – The dollar hovered below a 16-month peak in early Asian trade on Thursday, having lost ground on the pound and yen overnight as the U.S. currency took a breather while traders considered whether its recent surge was starting to run out of steam.

Sterling was at $1.3491, a one week high against the dollar having jumped 0.5% on Wednesday after a jump in Britain’s October inflation piled pressure on the Bank of England to hike rates at its meeting next month. read more

Against the Japanese currency, at 114.18 yen the dollar was still in sight of Wednesday’s 4-1/2-year high of 114.97, and the euro was at $1.1316, languishing near a 16-month low with markets seeing the eurozone near the back of the central bank rate-hike queue.

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