Investing.com - " The dollar edged higher against the yen in
thin trade on Monday, with public holidays in the U.S. and France
keeping trading volumes low.
During U.S. morning trade, the dollar inched higher against the
yen, with USD/JPY rising 0.13% to 99.20, re-approaching Thursday's
seven week highs of 99.40.
Demand for the dollar continued to be underpinned after official
data on Friday showed that the U.S. economy added 204,000 jobs in
October, significantly higher than the 125,000 expected by
The report came on the heels of data showing that the U.S. economy
expanded by a larger-than-forecast 2.8% in the third quarter.
The upbeat data indicated that the U.S. economy shrugged off the
impact of the government shutdown and raised the possibility that
the Federal Reserve may start winding down its USD85
billion-a-month asset purchase program as soon as its next monthly
meeting in December.
The euro pushed higher against the dollar, with EUR/USD rising
0.33% to 1.3407 from Friday's close of 1.3364, moving further away
from the seven week low of 1.3294 hit on Thursday.
The single currency's gains were held in check after the European
Central Bank surprised markets with a rate cut last Thursday and
indicated that further rate cuts are still possible.
Elsewhere, the dollar was higher against the pound, with GBP/USD
down 0.25% to 1.5972 and was lower against the Swiss franc, with
USD/CHF sliding 0.25% to 0.9192.
The greenback was higher against the Australian dollar, with
AUD/USD falling 0.29% to 0.9354.
Australia's dollar found support earlier in the session after data
released on Monday showed that the nation's home loans rose 4.4% in
September, exceeding expectations for a 4% increase.
The greenback was little changed against the New Zealand and
Canadian dollars, with NZD/USD dipping 0.08% to 0.8236 and USD/CAD
inching down 0.02% to 1.0475.
The U.S. dollar index, which tracks the performance of the
greenback versus a basket of six other major currencies, slid 0.13%
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