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U.S. Dollar Near Flat as Traders Remain Cautious Amid Mideast Tensions

U.S. Dollar Near Flat as Traders Remain Cautious Amid Mideast Tensions

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, U.S. Dollar Near Flat as Traders Remain Cautious Amid Mideast Tensions, Forex-News, Forex-News

The U.S. dollar was near flat on Tuesday in Asia as traders remained cautious about situation in the Middle East.

The U.S. Dollar Index that tracks the greenback against a basket of other currencies last traded at 96.360 by 12:42 AM ET (04:42 GMT), up 0.01%.

The U.S. has no plans to pull its troops out of Iraq, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Monday, following reports of a U.S. military letter informing Iraq officials about the repositioning of troops in preparation to leave.

Last week, U.S. President Donald ordered a drone strike in Baghdad and killed Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani, raising tensions between the two nations. Iran’s leaders have promised to avenge the killing.

ISM non-manufacturing PMI is due later in the day. Factory orders and trade balance data are also due.

, U.S. Dollar Near Flat as Traders Remain Cautious Amid Mideast Tensions, Forex-News, Forex-News

On Monday, data showed the U.S. manufacturing sector contracted in December by the most in more than a decade, with order volumes crashing to a near 11-year low and factory employment falling for a fifth straight month.

On the Sino-U.S. trade front, Washington and Beijing are expected to sign a phase one deal on Jan. 15.

Meanwhile, the safe-haven yen gained on Monday amid heightened geopolitical tensions, but lost momentum today and dropped 0.1% against the U.S. dollar.

The USD/CNY pair lost 0.3% to 6.9553. China is due to report its latest CPI and PPI data on Thursday.

The AUD/USD pair lost 0.2% to 0.6929, while the NZD/USD pair was unchanged at 0.6669.

, U.S. Dollar Near Flat as Traders Remain Cautious Amid Mideast Tensions, Forex-News, Forex-News

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