The dollar was stronger against most foreign currencies except the British pound in active European trading late this morning. Gold prices fell.
Dealers said the dollar remains well-supported above the 2-Deutsche mark level, despite concerted central bank intervention Tuesday and overnight dollar sales by the Bank of Japan.
In Tokyo, the dollar rose 1.05 yen to a closing 143 yen, a 19-month high.
In London, one pound cost $1.5685 at late morning, slightly more expensive for buyers than $1.5675 late Tuesday.
Gold traded in London at $362.50 a troy ounce, down from late Tuesday's $364.35.