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The dollar rose to a nine-month high versus the euro and Australian and New Zealand currencies on Thursday, with Federal Reserve policy makers mostly in agreement that a stimulus taper would start this year.

The euro fell to $1.1684, and the kiwi slid to $0.6848.

The Australian dollar fell to $0.72125 but pared most of those losses to trade 0.07% lower at $0.72265 after Australia reported a stronger jobs market than economists expected.

The dollar index, which measures the currency against the euro, yen and four other rivals, climbed to 93.347, its highest since April 1.

The greenback added 0.2% to as high as 110.04 yen.

In minutes of their July 27-28 meeting released overnight, Fed officials saw the potential to ease bond-buying stimulus this year if the economy continues to improve as expected, although the condition of “substantial further progress” toward maximum employment had not yet…

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