Dollar edges up against euro after U.S. inflation data

NEW YORK, Dec 9 (Reuters) – The dollar edged higher against the euro on Friday after U.S. producer inflation data for November came in slightly hotter than expected, bolstering the case for continued interest rate hikes by the Federal Reserve even if at a slower pace.

U.S. producer prices (PPI) rose 0.3% last month, data showed, above the 0.2% forecast by economist polled by Reuters.

While the PPI report showed the underlying trend in inflation was moderating, it heightened concerns among market participants that next week’s consumer price inflation report, which comes out just before the December Fed interest rate decision, could also surprise on the upside.

“It was a stronger read on prices… that will leave the market cautious on a similar outcome next week,” said Ian Lyngen, head of U.S. rates strategy at BMO Capital Markets.

The U.S. central bank is in the midst of the fastest interest rate-hiking…

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