Dollar on defensive after Fed dampens rate hike speculation

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The dollar eased on Thursday as the U.S. Federal Reserve said it was unlikely to raise interest rates through all of 2023 despite a swift economic recovery.

The dollar index traded at 91.488 after hitting a two-week low of 91.340 as Fed Chair Jerome Powell dampened speculations on stimulus policy. 

The euro fell to $1.19655 but lingered near a one-week high of $1.19900 after climbing 0.6% on Wednesday.

Against the yen, the dollar slipped 0.2% to 108.620. The pound stood at $1.3946 after climbing 0.5% overnight. 

The Aussie rose to a two-week peak of $0.78350, while the kiwi briefly lost momentum as New Zealand reported a sudden contraction in GDP for the last quarter of 2020.

The kiwi stood at $0.7241. Bitcoin firmed at $58,954.64 after recovering from a one-week low of $53,221 hit on Tuesday. 

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