August 25, 2011 / 6:10 PM / 9 years ago

U.S. dollar hits highest vs yen in nearly 3 weeks

NEW YORK, Aug 25 (Reuters) - The dollar hit its highest level against the Japanese yen in almost three weeks on Thursday, and the greenback could continue to gain if Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke refrains from signaling a new round of bond purchases to stimulate the economy.

The Fed hosts its annual retreat in Jackson Hole, Wyoming this week, with Bernanke slated to make a speech on Friday. It was at this same event last year that Bernanke hinted at the Fed’s second round of bond purchases, known as quantitative easing.

A third round of quantitative easing would be negative for the dollar as it is tantamount to printing money and dilutes the dollar’s value.

The dollar was last up 0.9 percent at 77.640 yen after rising as high as 77.673 yen on electronic trading platform EBS, its highest level since Aug. 5. A record low of 75.941 was set last week. (Reporting by Julie Haviv; Editing by Leslie Adler)

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