* USD gains limited, OPEC meeting seen potentially moving
* Some see dollar slowdown as inevitable after steep rally
* Dollar poised to gain 7 pct vs yen in November
(Updates prices, adds quotes)
By Shinichi Saoshiro
TOKYO, Nov 30 The dollar pared earlier losses
against the yen and euro and edged up on Wednesday, as U.S. debt
yields resumed their ascent.
The greenback's gains were limited, however, as traders
braced for a meeting by the Organization of the Petroleum
Exporting Countries (OPEC) later in the day which could spark
volatility in financial markets and weigh on the U.S. currency.
The dollar rose 0.3 percent to 112.690 yen after
going as low as 112.060.
It surged to 113.340 overnight on robust revised U.S. GDP
data but had failed to sustain the gains as U.S. yields, a key
driver of the dollar recently, initially pulled back from
16-month highs before rising in Asia on Wednesday.
The euro was down 0.2 percent at $1.0632 following a
rise to $1.0660. It had gained 0.3 percent overnight.
The greenback has rallied 7 percent versus the yen and risen
3 percent against the euro in November. It was boosted as Donald
Trump's U.S. election win drove Treasury yields higher on
expectations for stepped up fiscal spending, higher inflation
and a faster pace of monetary tightening by the Federal Reserve.
Tuesday's data saw the U.S. third quarter GDP revised up and
November consumer confidence come in stronger than expected.
"These improvements confirm that a rate hike is coming on
December 14th," wrote Kathy Lien, managing director of FX
strategy for BK Asset Management.
"They also boost the chance of further tightening in 2017
but with Fed fund futures only pricing in a 30 percent chance of
another hike by May, investors see a hike followed by a long
pause from the Fed, which is the biggest problem for the
dollar," Lien said.
Indeed, the dollar index was up 0.2 percent at 101.14
but some distance from a 13-1/2-year high of 102.05 reached last
"U.S. economic reports may be important but the main focus
will be on OPEC and the Canadian dollar," Lien said.
Many analysts believe OPEC will cobble together a deal to
cut some production at its meeting in Vienna starting at 1000
GMT. But doubts still lingered as Iran and Iraq, OPEC's second-
and third-largest producers, have resisted pressure from the
group's de facto leader Saudi Arabia to curtail output.
Crude oil prices sank on Tuesday on nervousness ahead of the
OPEC meeting. A further price decline could hurt risk sentiment,
which would benefit safe-havens such as the yen, and also
further push down bond yields to the dollar's disadvantage.
The Canadian dollar last stood a touch firmer at C$1.3451
per dollar, having moved between a 9-month low of
C$1.3589 and C$1.3425 in November.
Some expect the dollar to slow its gains after its recent
sharp rally. The greenback has advanced from around 105 yen at
the start of the month to near 114 yen late last week - its
largest monthly rise since February 2009 - and the euro has
posted its biggest monthly decline in a year versus the U.S.
"OPEC meeting or not, an adjustment phase in the dollar is
inevitable considering the pace and scope of its recent rise,"
said Makoto Noji, senior strategist at SMBC Nikko Securities in
The market will also look to U.S. data for catalysts later
in the day, including the November ADP employment report,
November Chicago purchasing managers' index (PMI) and October
pending home sales.
The Australian dollar was down 0.2 percent at $0.7465. A
rise in commodity prices and domestic yields helped buoy the
antipodean currencies this week, during which the Aussie and New
Zealand dollars added 0.6 percent and 1.5 percent,
The pound slipped 0.2 percent to $1.2474 after
rising 0.6 percent on Tuesday, aided in part after data showed
lending to Britons expanded last month at the fastest annual
pace in 11 years, while mortgage approvals were stronger than
(Editing by Shri Navaratnam and Jacqueline Wong)