FOREX-Dollar climbs as Evergrande uncertainty percolates

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(Updates prices, adds Mester comments) By Chuck Mikolajczak NEW YORK, Sept 24 (Reuters) - The dollar rose on Friday and was poised for its third straight week of gains against a basket of major currencies, as uncertainty over beleaguered Chinese property developer Evergrande helped the greenback bounce back from a sharp decline in the prior session. China Evergrande Group owes $305 billion and has run short on cash, missing a Thursday deadline for paying $83.5 million and leaving investors questioning whether it will make the payment before a 30-day grace period expires. A collapse of the company could create systemic risks to China's financial system. The safe-haven dollar had its biggest one-day percentage drop in about a month on Thursday after Beijing injected new cash into the financial system and Evergrande announced it would make interest payments on an onshore bond, boosting risk sentiment. The offshore Chinese yuan weakened versus the greenback at 6.4641 per dollar. T
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