FOREX-Dollar menguat di tengah imbal hasil AS yang lebih tinggi karena mantra Fed yang lebih rendah untuk jangka panjang


    * Benchmark Treasury yield rose past 1.7% to new 13-month
peak
    * Yen buoyed by report BOJ to be more flexible with yield
target
    * Bitcoin sinks toward $56,000 after topping $60,000
overnight

    By Kevin Buckland
    TOKYO, March 19 (Reuters) - The safe-haven U.S. dollar
strengthened again on Friday, supported by higher Treasury
yields and falling stock markets, as investors continued to
digest the Federal Reserve's pushback against expectations of
any early interest-rate hikes.
    The dollar index added 0.1%, extending a 0.5% jump
from Thursday that was the most in two weeks.
    The benchmark U.S. 10-year yield climbed to a
more than one-year peak of 1.754% overnight before easing to
1.715%, while Asian stocks followed Wall Street lower.
    The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) pledged this week
to press on with aggressive monetary stimulus, saying a
near-term spike in inflation would prove temporary amid their
projections for the strongest U.S economic growth in nearly 40
years.
    The next focus for the currency market will be the Bank of
Japan's policy decision Friday, accompanied by results of a
comprehensive policy review.
    "After some navel gazing," bond investors "concluded that
the Fed is not (posing) any challenges or discomfort for
longer-dated UST yields to keep pushing higher," National
Australia Bank's senior FX strategist Rodrigo Catril wrote in a
client note. 
    "The USD regained its mojo."
    The greenback gained 0.1% to 109.04 yen, adding to
small gains overnight.
    The yen got some support from a Nikkei report on Thursday
that the BOJ was expected to slightly widen an implicit band in
which it allows long-term interest rates to move around its 0%
target.
    The euro slipped 0.1% to $1.1908, extending
Thursday's 0.5% tumble.
    While AstraZeneca vaccinations are poised to restart in
Germany, France and other European nations, the region's growth
outlook was dinged as Paris went into a month-long lockdown.
    
    The British pound sank 0.2% to $1.3903 after
weakening 0.3% a day earlier, as the Bank of England warned the
outlook for Britain's recovery remained unclear, dampening some
speculation the bank would signal a more confident outlook.

    In the cryptocurrency market, bitcoin weakened to
around $56,703 in early Asian trading, seesawing after breifly
topping $60,000 again overnight. 
    It had surged to a fresh record high of $61,781.83 on
Saturday, after more than doubling since the start of the year.
    "Bitcoin is a momentum trade and it feels like it could go a
lot further," said Edward Moya, a New York-based senior market
analyst at online FX broker OANDA.
    "Is it a bubble? Yes. But it can easily go to $100,000
before it comes crashing down." 
    
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    Currency bid prices at 116 GMT
 Description      RIC         Last           U.S. Close  Pct Change     YTD Pct     High Bid    Low Bid
                                              Previous                   Change                 
                                              Session                                           
 Euro/Dollar                  $1.1906        $1.1916     -0.08%         -2.55%      +1.1921     +1.1904
 Dollar/Yen                   109.0650       108.9100    +0.11%         +5.56%      +109.0920   +108.9300
 Euro/Yen                     129.85         129.76      +0.07%         +2.31%      +129.9200   +129.7700
 Dollar/Swiss                 0.9282         0.9274      +0.09%         +4.92%      +0.9283     +0.9273
 Sterling/Dollar              1.3901         1.3932      -0.19%         +1.79%      +1.3931     +1.3900
 Dollar/Canadian              1.2502         1.2486      +0.14%         -1.81%      +1.2505     +1.2484
 Aussie/Dollar                0.7734         0.7762      -0.32%         +0.57%      +0.7762     +0.7736
 NZ                           0.7154         0.7168      -0.17%         -0.35%      +0.7171     +0.7155
 Dollar/Dollar All spots
Tokyo spots
Europe spots 
Volatilities 
Tokyo Forex market info from BOJ 

    
 (Reporting by Kevin Buckland; editing by Richard Pullin)
  

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