* Euro on the defensive after weak sentiment data * Dollar near-term pressures rising-analyst * Aussie manages to reverse part of previous day's decline * Graphic: World FX rates in 2019 tmsnrt.rs/2egbfVh (Recasts, adds new comment, FX table, updates prices, changes byline, dateline; previous LONDON) By Gertrude Chavez-Dreyfuss NEW YORK, Feb 22 (Reuters) - The dollar was little changed to slightly lower against most other currencies on Friday, with investors mostly inclined to take on riskier assets on a day devoid of major U.S. economic data. The greenback so far this week has fallen 0.3 percent, after gaining more than 1 percent the previous week, in an uneven performance amid mixed U.S. economic data. "We continue to believe that longer run headwinds for the U.S. dollar are rising – in the form of structural (deficits) and secular (trend) pressures," said Shaun Osborne, chief FX strategist at Scotiabank in Toronto. "We also believe that the U.S. dollar is increasingly vulnerable in the shorter run to negative seasonal pressures – which typically see the dollar peak in March and generally trade lower through until Q3," he added. Investors continue to watch high-level talks between U.S. and Chinese trade negotiators in Washington. Just over a week is left before higher tariffs would be triggered by the expiration of a U.S.-imposed deadline for an agreement. With the economic outlook foggy and major central banks much more accommodative than a few months ago, U.S.-China trade talks and Brexit are the primary concerns for traders. In mid-morning trading, the dollar index was flat at 96.618 . The euro dipped on Friday. Weak data since January has undermined support for the single currency, which edged lower against the dollar to $1.1331 It hit a two-week high on Wednesday, helped by hopes for an easing of the U.S.-China trade conflict. Analysts assessing the euro's prospects are focused on whether a slowdown in European growth is likely to be protracted. A survey on Friday showed business morale fell in February for a sixth straight month in Germany, the mainspring of the European economy. Traders will scrutinize comments by European Central Bank President Mario Draghi later on Friday, especially if he elaborates on plans for further monetary policy easing. The Australian dollar, on the other hand, rebounded after China denied that it had banned imports of the country's coal. Reuters reported on Thursday that the Chinese port of Dalian had barred imports of Australian coal indefinitely, pushing the Aussie dollar down 1 percent China said on Friday, however, that imports would continue, but customs has stepped up checks on foreign cargoes. The Aussie dollar was last up 0.6 percent at US$0.7130. ======================================================== Currency bid prices at 10:00 AM (1500 GMT) Description RIC Last U.S. Close Pct Change YTD Pct High Bid Low Bid Previous Change Session Euro/Dollar EUR= $1.1332 $1.1334 -0.02% -1.18% +1.1352 +1.1317 Dollar/Yen JPY= 110.6600 110.6900 -0.03% +0.36% +110.9000 +110.6400 Euro/Yen EURJPY= 125.43 125.47 -0.03% -0.63% +125.7700 +125.4000 Dollar/Swiss CHF= 1.0004 1.0008 -0.04% +1.94% +1.0024 +0.9997 Sterling/Dollar GBP= 1.3018 1.3049 -0.24% +2.05% +1.3054 +1.2969 Dollar/Canadian CAD= 1.3192 1.3230 -0.29% -3.26% +1.3243 +1.3186 Australian/Doll AUD= 0.7128 0.7092 +0.51% +1.12% +0.7131 +0.7084 ar Euro/Swiss EURCHF= 1.1338 1.1346 -0.07% +0.75% +1.1354 +1.1335 Euro/Sterling EURGBP= 0.8704 0.8686 +0.21% -3.12% +0.8729 +0.8684 NZ NZD= 0.6824 0.6799 +0.37% +1.59% +0.6827 +0.6759 Dollar/Dollar Dollar/Norway NOK= 8.6135 8.6231 -0.11% -0.29% +8.6313 +8.6053 Euro/Norway EURNOK= 9.7645 9.7815 -0.17% -1.43% +9.7850 +9.7563 Dollar/Sweden SEK= 9.3626 9.3722 -0.08% +4.45% +9.3704 +9.3274 Euro/Sweden EURSEK= 10.6120 10.6205 -0.08% +3.39% +10.6255 +10.5850 (Reporting by Gertrude Chavez-Dreyfuss; Additional reporting by Tom Finn and Saikat Chatterjee in London)
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