The euro was steady against the dollar on Wednesday, with traders looking to a speech by European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi and minutes of the U.S. Federal Reserve's latest meeting for direction later in the day.
Markets are still waiting for more strongly hawkish signals from the Fed of higher interest rates next year that many expect will eventually drive U.S. bond yields higher and the dollar with them.
The euro drew some support from a relatively downbeat assessment of the pace of U.S. growth from two Federal Reserve officials overnight. But in a day bereft of top tier data there was little for traders to get their teeth into. Against a basket of major currencies, the greenback traded marginally higher at 80.21.