FOREX-Dollar gains after report of dovish ECB members

(New throughout, updates prices, market activity and comments to U.S. market open, new byline, changes dateline, previous LONDON) NEW YORK, April 16 (Reuters) - The euro fell against the dollar on Tuesday after reports that a "significant minority" of European Central Bank policymakers think the banks economic projections are too optimistic, while the Australian dollar weakened on dovish central bank comments. Several ECB policymakers said the bank's economic projections are too rosy as weak growth in China and trade tensions linger, four sources with direct knowledge of discussions said. The "significant minority" of rate-setters in last weeks policy meeting expressed doubt that a long projected growth recovery is coming in the second half of the year and some even questioned the accuracy of the ECBs projection models, given their long history of downward revisions, the sources said. Its yet another dovish take, said Win Thin, global head of currency strategy at Brown Brothers Harriman in New York. I think they are pushing back against the euro strengthening. Its one of the few levers they have left. The release of Purchasing Managers Indexes (PMIs) for the manufacturing and service sectors in Europe on Thursday will be closely watched as traders look for signals of improving growth in the region. The Australian dollar dipped after the Reserve Bank of Australia said that a cut in interest rates would be "appropriate" should inflation stay low and unemployment trend higher. Sterling also slipped after the Guardian newspaper reported that talks between Prime Minister Theresa May and the opposition Labour Party regarding Britains exit from the European Union had stalled. The Labour Party denied the report. Traders are also waiting for Chinese gross domestic product data on Wednesday, which may indicate the worst is over for the global economy. Chinese exports and credit data last week signaled some stabilization in economic conditions.

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Currency bid prices at 9:40AM (1340 GMT)

Description RIC Last U.S. Close Pct Change YTD Pct High Bid Low Bid Previous Change

Session

Euro/Dollar EUR= $1.1294 $1.1307 -0.11% -1.53% +1.1314 +1.1280 Dollar/Yen JPY= 111.9800 112.0300 -0.04% +1.56% +112.0500 +111.8600 Euro/Yen EURJPY= 126.50 126.65 -0.12% +0.22% +126.6800 +126.2100 Dollar/Swiss CHF= 1.0062 1.0038 +0.24% +2.53% +1.0067 +1.0033 Sterling/Dollar GBP= 1.3059 1.3097 -0.29% +2.37% +1.3111 +1.3051 Dollar/Canadian CAD= 1.3370 1.3362 +0.06% -1.96% +1.3402 +1.3363 Australian/Doll AUD= 0.7169 0.7173 -0.06% +1.70% +0.7175 +0.7140

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Euro/Swiss EURCHF= 1.1366 1.1349 +0.15% +1.00% +1.1377 +1.1344 Euro/Sterling EURGBP= 0.8646 0.8631 +0.17% -3.76% +0.8654 +0.8620 NZ NZD= 0.6758 0.6761 -0.04% +0.61% +0.6768 +0.6742

Dollar/Dollar

Dollar/Norway NOK= 8.4812 8.4948 -0.16% -1.82% +8.5068 +8.4765 Euro/Norway EURNOK= 9.5812 9.6020 -0.22% -3.28% +9.6127 +9.5850 Dollar/Sweden SEK= 9.2533 9.2668 -0.21% +3.22% +9.2797 +9.2503 Euro/Sweden EURSEK= 10.4540 10.4760 -0.21% +1.85% +10.4835 +10.4547

(Additional reporting by Tom Finn in London)