Dollar edges lower ahead of Fed, Evergrande exhale lifts risk-sensitive currencies



(Corrects quote to note purchase decline in December, not September in paragraph 8)

By Chuck Mikolajczak

NEW YORK, Sept 22 (Reuters) - The U.S. dollar slipped ahead of a policy announcement by the Federal Reserve on Wednesday, while risk-sensitive currencies such as the Australian dollar and Chinese yuan strengthened after China's Evergrande said it would make a bond coupon payment.

Property giant and Asia's biggest junk bond issuer Evergrande 3333.HK said it "resolved" one payment due on Thursday via a private negotiation, easing concerns of default and possible contagion risk, while the People's Bank of China injected 90 billion yuan into the banking system to support markets.

"Being able to make tomorrow's bond coupon payment, that definitely lifted risk sentiment overnight and you saw a typical follow-through reaction in risk currencies, so Canadian dollar high, Aussie dollar higher, Kiwi dollar higher - that was kind of an understandable reaction," said Erik Bregar, an independent FX analyst in Toronto.

Still, uncertainty remains whether the developer will be able to pay the coupon on its offshore dollar bonds, due on Thursday.

The Australian dollar AUD= rose 0.28% versus the greenback at $0.725 after rising as much as 0.49% to $0.7268 while the Canadian dollar rose 0.38% versus the greenback at 1.28 per dollar.

The offshore Chinese yuan CNH= strengthened versus the greenback at 6.4628 per dollar.

All eyes will be on the Fed later in the session for its policy announcement for signs of when the U.S. central bank plans to begin trimming its monthly asset purchases as well as any insight into the timing of a possible rate hike.

"There is definitely a more clear consensus going into this meeting, vis-a-vis the previous one, people are looking for a more clear timeline on taper, we have all heard these expectations about a signal to start in November then the actual pace of purchase start declining in December, you could argue expectations are a tad hawkish coming in," Bregar said.

The dollar index =USD fell 0.07%, with the euro EUR= up 0.09% to $1.1734.

The safe-haven Japanese yen weakened 0.27% versus the greenback at 109.51 per dollar in the wake of the Bank of Japan's decision to keep policy on hold.

Sterling GBP= was last trading at $1.3643, down 0.12% on the day ahead of a policy announcement by the Bank of England on Thursday, with expectations for a rate hike being pushed down the road by investors.

In cryptocurrencies, Bitcoin BTC=BTSP last rose 4.58% to $42,457.03 following three straight days of declines.

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Currency bid prices at 10:33AM (1433 GMT) Description

RIC

Last

U.S. Close Pct Change

YTD Pct

High Bid

Low Bid

Previous

Change

Session

Dollar index

=USD

93.1420

93.2220

-0.07%

3.513%

+93.2910

+93.1130 Euro/Dollar

EUR=EBS

$1.1736

$1.1726

+0.09%

-3.94%

+$1.1744

+$1.1717 Dollar/Yen

JPY=EBS

109.5150

109.2200

+0.27%

+6.00%

+109.6150 +109.1200 Euro/Yen

EURJPY=

128.53

128.06

+0.37%

+1.27%

+128.6900 +127.9400 Dollar/Swiss

CHF=EBS

0.9217

0.9236

-0.18%

+4.20%

+0.9250

+0.9217 Sterling/Dollar GBP=D3

$1.3644

$1.3661

-0.15%

-0.15%

+$1.3678

+$1.3617 Dollar/Canadian CAD=D3

1.2766

1.2812

-0.34%

+0.27%

+1.2826

+1.2764 Aussie/Dollar

AUD=D3

$0.7252

$0.7233

+0.26%

-5.73%

+$0.7268

+$0.7225 Euro/Swiss

EURCHF=

1.0816

1.0829

-0.12%

+0.08%

+1.0844

+1.0814 Euro/Sterling

EURGBP=

0.8600

0.8582

+0.21%

-3.76%

+0.8612

+0.8574 NZ

NZD=D3

$0.7016

$0.7005

+0.18%

-2.28%

+$0.7031

+$0.6994 Dollar/Dollar

Dollar/Norway

NOK=D3

8.6310

8.6700

-0.49%

+0.47%

+8.6860

+8.6275 Euro/Norway

EURNOK=

10.1300

10.1890

-0.58%

-3.22%

+10.1877

+10.1210 Dollar/Sweden

SEK=

8.6478

8.6854

-0.38%

+5.51%

+8.6979

+8.6415 Euro/Sweden

EURSEK=

10.1505

10.1895

-0.38%

+0.74%

+10.1965

+10.1480



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Reporting by Chuck Mikolajczak; Editing by Will Dunham

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