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Dollar gauge touches 9-month high as unease over global outlook takes hold 

The U.S. dollar on Friday briefly touched its highest levels in nine months as the spread of the coronavirus delta variant contributed to unease over the global economic growth outlook.

The U.S. Dollar Index

climbed to as high as 93.73 early Friday, the highest level since Nov. 2.

The dollar’s morning rally was more about negative risk sentiment related to, among other things, the delta coronavirus variant and the slowdown in China, Vassili Serebriakov, FX strategist at UBS in New York told CNBC.

Read: What’s driving the dollar rally? It’s more about China than the Fed, analyst says

The greenback’s move on Friday came as major U.S. stocks closed higher in a Nasdaq Composite-led

rally but still saw losses for the week, while 10-year

and 30-year

Treasury yields posted their biggest weekly declines since July. In the absence of any economic data releases today, investors remained focused on the delta variant’s impact on the economy, with one Federal Reserve policy maker saying he may rethink his call for a tapering of bond purchases to start in October, if the delta variant slows economy.

In an interview with Fox Business Network on Friday, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas President Robert Kaplan said the delta variant has caused him to have an open mind about the path of monetary policy. He called the delta variant “the big imponderable” in the outlook.

“It is in all of our interest to slow the spread, and right now we’re in a negative trend,” he said.

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