NEW YORK, May 24 (Xinhua) — The U.S. dollar weakened in late trading on Tuesday amid strength in the euro.
The dollar index, which measures the greenback against six major peers, decreased 0.21 percent to 101.8580.
The euro, the largest component of the index, extended gains after Christine Lagarde, president of the European Central Bank, said that the bank is likely to start raising interest rates in July and exit sub-zero territory by the end of September.
In late New York trading, the euro increased to 1.0727 U.S. dollars from 1.0692 dollars in the previous session, and the British pound was down to 1.2515 U.S. dollars from 1.2577 dollars in the previous session. The Australian dollar was down to 0.7088 U.S. dollars from 0.7108 U.S. dollars.
The U.S. dollar bought 126.80 Japanese yen, lower than 127.92 Japanese yen of the previous session. The U.S. dollar was down to 0.9610 Swiss franc from 0.9659 Swiss franc, and it was up to 1.2832 Canadian dollars from 1.2778 Canadian dollars.