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FOREX-Dollar dips as Powell says rate hikes may slow

    (Recasts with comments from Fed's Powell, updates prices)
    By Karen Brettell
       NEW YORK, Nov 30 (Reuters) - The dollar dipped on Wednesday after Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome
Powell said that the U.S. central bank could scale back the pace of its interest rate hikes "as soon as
December."
    Still, Powell cautioned that the fight against inflation was far from over and that key questions remain
unanswered, including how high rates will ultimately need to rise and for how long.
    The dollar index was last at 106.41, down 0.40% on the day. The euro rose 0.32% to
$1.0364 and the greenback fell 0.17% to 138.43 yen.
    The U.S. currency had dipped earlier on Wednesday after the ADP National Employment report showed that
U.S. private payrolls increased far less than expected in November, suggesting demand for labor was cooling
amid high interest rates. Other data also showed that U.S. job openings fell in October.
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    Currency bid prices at 1:57PM (1857 GMT)
 Description      RIC         Last           U.S. Close  Pct Change     YTD Pct       High Bid    Low Bid
                                              Previous                   Change
                                              Session
 Dollar index                 106.4100       106.8600    -0.40%         11.234%       +107.1900   +106.2800
 Euro/Dollar                  $1.0364        $1.0328     +0.32%         -8.86%        +$1.0400    +$1.0290
 Dollar/Yen                   138.4300       138.7050    -0.17%         +20.29%       +139.8850   +138.3350
 Euro/Yen                     143.49         143.26      +0.16%         +10.11%       +144.8400   +143.1800
 Dollar/Swiss                 0.9477         0.9542      -0.66%         +3.92%        +0.9547     +0.9479
 Sterling/Dollar              $1.1994        $1.1953     +0.35%         -11.31%       +$1.2029    +$1.1900
 Dollar/Canadian              1.3498         1.3581      -0.60%         +6.77%        +1.3593     +1.3490
 Aussie/Dollar                $0.6754        $0.6687     +1.02%         -7.07%        +$0.6761    +$0.6671
 Euro/Swiss                   0.9822         0.9850      -0.28%         -5.28%        +0.9873     +0.9790
 Euro/Sterling                0.8640         0.8642      -0.02%         +2.86%        +0.8660     +0.8622
 NZ                           $0.6271        $0.6200     +1.13%         -8.39%        +$0.6281    +$0.6191
 Dollar/Dollar
 Dollar/Norway                9.8825         10.0045     -0.23%         +13.30%       +10.0070    +9.8680
 Euro/Norway                  10.2439        10.3204     -0.74%         +2.31%        +10.3528    +10.2448
 Dollar/Sweden                10.5558        10.5736     +0.10%         +17.05%       +10.6726    +10.5144
 Euro/Sweden                  10.9369        10.9256     +0.10%         +6.92%        +10.9840    +10.9120

 (Editing by Elaine Hardcastle)

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