Dollar celebrates 2022 with gains amid positive new year mood

LONDON : The dollar ticked up against its major rivals as an upbeat market mood on Monday lifted European equities and government bond yields for the first day of trading of 2022.

But with London, Europe's main FX trading centre closed for a market holiday, volume was expected to remain limited.

While the surge in coronavirus cases caused by the Omicron variant continued to disrupt global travel and public services, hopes were high that the economic damage of stringent lockdowns can be avoided.

The dollar index, which measures the greenback against major peers, rose 0.12per cent to 95.79, while the pan-European STOXX 600 hit a new record high and U.S. stock futures pointed to a positive session on Wall Street.

The Japanese yen retreated briefly to 115.36 per dollar, its lowest since the end of November but gradually climbed to 115.15.

The euro slipped 0.21per cent to US$1.1345, while Germany's 10-year benchmark yield briefly jumped about four basis points to -0.138per cent, its highest level since November.

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Supply bottlenecks held back German manufacturing activity in December, but manufacturers with full order books expressed confidence that these will ease in 2022, a survey showed.

"German manufacturers are confident about growth prospects in the coming year, though much still depends on an improvement in the supply situation", said Economics Associate Director Phil Smith, commenting on Monday's IHS Markit PMI survey.

In the broader euro zone, manufacturing activity remained resilient as factories took advantage of an easing in supply chain constraints and stocked up on raw materials at a record pace.

Heavy issuance of euro zone government bond was also expected to put upward pressure on yields.

Markets are expecting the European Central Bank to stick to a dovish stance while the U.S. Federal Reserve and the Bank of England tighten monetary policy.

Sterling dipped 0.05per cent at US$1.3517.

Turkey's annual inflation jumped far more than expected to 36.08per cent year-on-year in December, the highest since September 2002, reflecting a plummeting lira late in 2021.

The lira was trading at 13.4 against the dollar after the data, 1.7per cent weaker on the day but off an early low of 13.92. It shed 44per cent of its value last year after a volatile November and December. [L8N2TJ0NC)

Bitcoin dipped 0.5per cent to US$47,104.

(Reporting by Julien Ponthus and Sujata Rao in London; Editing by Alexander Smith)

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