Dollar rebounds

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    TOKYO- The dollar extended its rebound from near three-year lows versus major peers on Thursday, supported by higher US yields, as President-elect Joe Biden prepared to outline his plans for massive fiscal stimulus.

    The dollar index held onto gains made on Wednesday in early Asian trading as investors continued to unwind bearish bets. The dollar has risen in four of the past five trading sessions as the prospect of more stimulus has weighed on US government bonds, sending the benchmark Treasury yield above 1 percent for the first time since March.

    Bitcoin also held on to 10 percent gains made on Wednesday as it rebounded after sliding almost $12,000 from an all-time high of $42,000 hit last week.

    Biden will give details on Thursday of a plan for “trillions” of dollars in pandemic relief. The 10-year Treasury yield ticked up after CNN reported the package will be around $2 trillion, adding support for the dollar.

    However many analysts expect the currency’s bounce to be temporary, as a build up of bearish dollar positions are shaken out.

    Longer term, they expect more US stimulus to support risk sentiment, weighing on the greenback, which is traditionally considered a safe-haven.

    “I think positioning in risk assets is becoming a concern, so there could be a squeeze in the dollar near-term,” said Shusuke Yamada, chief Japan FX strategist at Bank of America in Tokyo.