* Euro rises after Bloomberg report on ECB forecasts * Sterling rises after EU says will not suspend Brexit talks * BoC keeps rates steady; Canadian dollar up * U.S. dollar to be well-supported until year-end -analyst * Graphic: World FX rates in 2020 tmsnrt.rs/2RBWI5E (Recasts, adds new comment, FX table, updates prices, changes byline, dateline; previous LONDON) By Gertrude Chavez-Dreyfuss NEW YORK, Sept 9 (Reuters) - The dollar slid from a four-week high on Wednesday, led by losses against the euro after a news report said European Central Bank officials have become more confident in their outlook for the region's recovery. Some analysts, however, expect the dollar to hold recent gains after a steep fall the last few months Citing euro area officials, Bloomberg News reported that the ECB's upcoming projections for output and inflation will show only slight changes to the June outlook, with gross domestic product for this year to be revised higher and private consumption doing much better than expected. The report comes ahead of Thursday's ECB monetary policy meeting. "That news comes after comments from ECB officials earlier that the exchange rate is once again popping up on the ECB's radar," said Shaun Osborne, chief FX strategist, at Scotiabank in Toronto. "The inference is that if they have more confidence in their economic outlook, that means they may be less worried about the exchange rate," he added. In mid-morning trading, the euro rose 0.4% against the dollar to $1.1820, which pushed the dollar index down 0.3% at 93.214. Earlier in the session, the index advanced to a four-week peak. That said, Scotia's Osborne believes the dollar will remain firmer relative to the major currencies into the year-end, citing extreme bets against it in the speculative market. "Over the next few weeks, we can see the dollar well-supported, primarily because positioning has been quite heavily skewed, especially towards the euro," Osborne said. "I don't think with this pullback in the euro, we have seen anywhere near tidying up those significant positions." The dollar also fell against the Swiss franc, declining 0.4% to 0.9141 franc. Against the yen, however, the dollar rose 0.2% to 106.19 yen. Earlier, the safe-haven yen had gained after news of a delay in the roll-out of a vaccine for COVID. AstraZeneca Plc said it had paused global trials, including large late-stage trials, of its experimental coronavirus vaccine due to an unexplained illness in a study participant. Roll-out of an effective vaccine is seen as key for economies to overcome the effects of the pandemic. Sterling, meanwhile, rose back above $1.30 on Wednesday after an EU statement that said it would not suspend Brexit negotiations over the British government's new internal market bill. The pound was last up 0.1% at $1.2990. Earlier in the session, sterling fell to its lowest level in six weeks as new legislation on Britain's post-Brexit plans stoked fears that trade talks with the European Union would derail. The Canadian dollar recovered against the U.S. dollar, which fell 0.5% to C$1.3162. Bank of Canada held interest rate steady at 0.25% on Wednesday and said the economy will continue to require extraordinary monetary policy support to recover from the pandemic-induced slump. ======================================================== Currency bid prices at 10:48AM (1448 GMT) Description RIC Last U.S. Close Pct Change YTD Pct High Bid Low Bid Previous Change Session Euro/Dollar EUR= $1.1824 $1.1779 +0.38% +5.49% +1.1833 +1.1754 Dollar/Yen JPY= 106.1800 106.0100 +0.16% -2.46% +106.2400 +105.8000 Euro/Yen EURJPY= 125.55 124.83 +0.58% +2.96% +125.6400 +124.4500 Dollar/Swiss CHF= 0.9132 0.9173 -0.45% -5.64% +0.9190 +0.9134 Sterling/Dollar GBP= 1.2997 1.2987 +0.08% -1.98% +1.3014 +1.2886 Dollar/Canadian CAD= 1.3165 1.3232 -0.51% +1.38% +1.3259 +1.3159 Australian/Doll AUD= 0.7276 0.7214 +0.86% +3.63% +0.7282 +0.7193 ar Euro/Swiss EURCHF= 1.0800 1.0804 -0.04% -0.48% +1.0817 +1.0793 Euro/Sterling EURGBP= 0.9097 0.9068 +0.32% +7.61% +0.9130 +0.9060 NZ NZD= 0.6679 0.6618 +0.92% -0.85% +0.6683 +0.6602 Dollar/Dollar Dollar/Norway NOK= 9.0226 9.1243 -1.11% +2.78% +9.1840 +9.0205 Euro/Norway EURNOK= 10.6710 10.7498 -0.73% +8.47% +10.8001 +10.6700 Dollar/Sweden SEK= 8.7596 8.8312 -0.35% -6.29% +8.8554 +8.7517 Euro/Sweden EURSEK= 10.3603 10.3966 -0.35% -1.04% +10.4160 +10.3480 (Reporting by Gertrude Chavez-Dreyfuss; Editing by Andrea Ricci)
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