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China fixes yuan midpoint at 5-week high, biggest one-day strengthening since Oct.11

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SHANGHAI, Nov 23 (Reuters) - China's central bank set its official yuan midpoint at the strongest level in five weeks on Thursday at 6.6021 per dollar, reflecting spot yuan performance a day earlier and dollar movements in global markets overnight.

The move in the official guidance rate was the biggest one-day strengthening in percentage terms since Oct. 11.

Thursday's official midpoint was 269 pips or 0.41 percent firmer than the previous fix of 6.6290 per dollar on Wednesday.

Market participants said the official fix came in line with their forecasts. Thursday's fixing was guided at the firmest level since Oct. 18.

The yuan firmed against the U.S. dollar on Wednesday, boosted by tight liquidity in the offshore market that pushed CNH borrowing costs to the highest in more than five months. (Reporting by Winni Zhou and John Ruwitch; Editing by Kim Coghill)