* Dollar rises further, holds above 7-week low vs yen
* Indian rupee, Turkish lira rebound as sell-off pauses
* Turkish central bank stems tide by calling emergency
* Fed meeting may be next trigger for emerging worries
By Richard Leong
NEW YORK, Jan 28 The dollar rose modestly
against the yen and euro on Tuesday as investors stepped back
into stock and emerging markets whose recent sell-off drove
money into safehaven currencies.
The greenback might receive another boost if the U.S.
Federal Reserve were to further pare its bond-purchase stimulus
despite data suggesting the domestic economy lost some momentum
at the end of 2013, analysts said.
U.S. central bank officials will begin a two-day policy
meeting later Tuesday, where analysts expect the Fed would
decide to reduce its monthly bond purchases in February by $10
billion to $65 billion.
Such a move is perceived as positive for the dollar since it
would reduce the amount of cash the Fed injects into the banking
system, although the Fed's tapering which began in December has
hurt emerging market currencies because the dollars created had
flooded into fast-growing nations in Asia, Africa and Latin
"The Fed is squarely focused on the domestic economy. It
will continue to taper," said Russ Koesterich, global chief
investment strategist at BlackRock in San Francisco, which
manages $4.1 trillion.
"The volatility in emerging markets is not over. It will be
with us for some time. There are still structural problems with
some of these markets," Koesterich added.
The central banks of some key emerging economies sought to
soothe investor concerns.
The Indian rupee booked its biggest rise in more than
two months after the Reserve Bank of India surprised with an
interest rate hike on Tuesday.
Later Tuesday, Turkey's central bank is expected to raise
its lending rate to about 10 percent at an emergency meeting in
a bid to halt the slide of its currency.
The rupee improved 0.9 percent against the dollar at 62.51
rupees per dollar, while the Turkish lira gained about 0.6
percent against the dollar at 2.27 liras.
The recovery in emerging market currencies helped lift
global stock prices with the MSCI world index
gaining 0.2 percent.
The dollar in the meantime held steady against the euro and
recovered further against the yen in the wake of much
weaker-than-expected readings on U.S. durable goods orders in
The dollar rose 0.2 percent against the yen at 102.79
yen after hitting a seven-week low last Friday.
The euro dipped 0.04 percent against the greenback at
$1.3661, retreating from about 3-1/2-week high set last Friday.
The durable goods data were mitigated by a
stronger-than-expected January pickup in U.S. consumer
confidence and an in-line growth in U.S. home prices in
The surprise December drop in durable goods raised some
doubts whether the Fed tapered its third round of quantitive
easing too soon.
"They began tapering not because they saw the economy on a
firmer footing but rather because they were concerned with the
rapid rise in the Fed's balance sheet with little to show for it
in economic strength," said Douglas Borthwick, managing director
at Chapdelaine Foreign Exchange in New York.
"The markets, especially emerging markets, are taking the
view that tapering is as good as ending or reversing QE,"
As investors await the Fed's next move, they dipped their
toes back into stocks and commodity-linked currencies such as
the Australian dollar.
Worries over how the Australian economy will hold up in the
face of slackening commodity markets and a slowdown in China
were eased somewhat by the NAB measure of business conditions,
which jumped to its highest in more than 2-1/2 years.
The Aussie dollar rose to $0.8798, pulling away
from Friday's low of $0.8660, its lowest level since July 2010.