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NEW YORK: The dollar edged up on Monday, hovering at a three-week high, as it held onto gains after news of a stronger-than-expected increase in US jobs in June scaled back traders' expectations of a sharp Federal Reserve rate cut at the end of July.

Traders await Fed Chairman Jerome Powell's two-day testimony before Congress, which starts on Tuesday for clues about a rate decrease.

"Foreign-exchange markets started the week on a quiet note, with currencies trading in tight ranges, as traders shifted their focus from Friday's strong US payrolls data to testimony from Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell," said Ellis Phifer, senior market strategist at Raymond James.

Among emerging market currencies, the Turkish lira fell steeply after President Tayyip Erdogan dismissed the central bank governor, sparking worries about the bank's independence.

US non-farm payrolls rebounded in June, rising the most in five months, the Labor Department said on Friday.

The solid job gain slashed expectations of a 50 basis-point rate cut at the Fed's July 30-31 policy meeting, although modest wage gains and other data showing the US economy was losing steam point to a quarter-point rate cut.

"We do expect a July rate cut," said Alfonso Esparza, senior market analyst at Oanda in Toronto. "The data have been mixed. They're not terrible. They're not great."

In late US trading, the dollar index was up 0.07pc at 97.357, which was close to a three-week high of 97.443 hit on Friday.

The greenback's rebound follows a period of weakness as mounting expectations for Fed rate cuts weighed.

The dollar strengthened 0.18pc to 108.675 yen after hitting 108.73, which was the highest since June 11.

The euro was marginally lower at $1.1215 after hitting $1.1208 on Friday, which was the lowest since Jan. 3.

The common currency has been under pressure from dollar strength and weakness in the German industrial sector.

The British pound, which hit a six-month low below $1.25 on Friday after poor economic data and on heightened expectations that the Bank of England will cut interest rates in 2020, fell 0.15pc to $1.2516.

Turkey's lira at one point slid to a two-week low of 5.8245 to the dollar and was last down 1.91pc at 5.742 after Erdogan dismissed the central bank Governor Murat Cetinkaya.

In a written statement on Saturday, new governor Murat Uysal, Cetinkaya's deputy, said he would implement monetary policy instruments independently with a focus on achieving and maintaining the primary objective of price stability.

Copyright Reuters, 2019