RTTNews - The dollar pulled back versus the euro and sterling but managed to stabilize against the resurgent yen Thursday morning in New York, as traders looked ahead to weekly jobless claims figures.

Yesterday, The Group of Eight largest industrialized nations meeting in L'Aquila released a statement recognizing serious downside risks to the global economy.

Still, stock futures on Wall Street crept ahead Thursday morning on Wall Street, fueling renewed risk appetite. Alcoa kicked off earnings season with a better than expected result.

The dollar gave back some of its recent gains versus the euro and sterling. Versus the euro, the dollar dropped to 1.3980, falling more than a penny from its 3-week high of 1.3832.

The dollar plunged versus the sterling, dropping to 1.6260 from a monthly high of 1.5982.

Thursday, the Bank of England retained its key interest rate and decided to continue with its asset purchase scheme totaling GBP 125 billion by utilizing central bank reserves.

At the end of the two-day rate setting meeting, the Monetary Policy Committee decided to hold the Bank Rate at 0.5% as expected. The rate now stands at the lowest since the central bank was established in 1694.

The dollar steadied versus the yen,, holding near 93 after plummeting to a 5-month low of 91.79.

Despite nagging rumors that G8 leaders would discuss an alternative to the dollar as the world's de facto reserve currency, there was no mention of a new international currency in the statement released following the first day of meetings in Italy.

A Labor Department report on the number of first time claimants for unemployment benefits is likely to be in the radar, given the linkage jobs and wage growth has got with consumer spending. Economists expect the report to reveal a decline in claims in the recent reporting week. Additionally, the results of the Treasury auction of $11 billion worth of 30-year bonds may also be closely watched.

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