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China sets yuan midpoint at fresh 9-1/2 month high on broad dollar weakness

SHANGHAI, Aug 1 (Reuters) - China's central bank set the yuan midpoint at 6.7148 per dollar on Tuesday, the strongest level since Oct. 11 2016, reflecting broad weakness in the U.S. currency.

Tuesday's official guidance was 135 pips or 0.2 percent firmer than the previous fix at 6.7283 per dollar.

The dollar weakened in the overseas markets, as uncertainty over the U.S. political outlook heightened after the firing of White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci.

The global dollar index, a gauge that measures the greenback against a basket of six major currencies, hit its lowest since early May 2016 after the news of Scaramucci's departure. (Reporting by Winni Zhou and John Ruwitch; Editing by Lisa Twaronite & Shri Navaratnam)