Dollar mixed to lower vs. rivals ahead of U.S. data

Shutterstock photo - The U.S. dollar was mixed to lower against the other major currencies on Friday, as investors locked-in profits after a recent string of upbeat U.S. data pushed the greenback higher, while investors eyed additional U.S. economic reports later in the day.

During European morning trade, the dollar was lower against the euro, with EUR/USD climbing 0.46% to 1.3064.

The euro strengthened after official data showed that consumer price inflation in the euro zone remained unchanged at an annualized rated of 1.8% in February, in line with expectations.

Core consumer price inflation, which excludes food, energy, alcohol, and tobacco, also remained unchanged last month at 1.3%, as expected.

But markets were jittery, as European Union and International Monetary Fund officials continued to work on a package for Cyprus through the night in Brussels, with the aim of presenting the outline of a bailout programme to euro zone finance experts on Friday.

The greenback was also lower against the pound, with GBP/USD advancing 0.45% to 1.5157.

Elsewhere, the greenback was steady against the yen, with USD/JPY easing up 0.03% to trade at 96.13, but lower against the Swiss franc, with USD/CHF dropping 0.44% to 0.9430.

Official data earlier showed that producer price inflation in Switzerland rose 0.1% in February, less than the expected 0.2% rise, after a 0.1% decline the previous month.

In Japan, the parliament approved Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's nominee for central bank governor, Haruhiko Kuroda, and nominees for the two deputy governor posts, clearing the way for radical monetary easing measures.

The greenback was mixed against its Canadian, Australian and New Zealand counterparts, with USD/CAD slipping 0.14% to 1.0207, AUD/USD edging down 0.16% to 1.0368 and NZD/USD dipping 0.01% to 0.8219.

The dollar index, which tracks the performance of the greenback versus a basket of six other major currencies, was down 0.45% to 82.50.

Later in the day, the U.S. was to produce official data on consumer inflation and preliminary data from the University of Michigan on consumer sentiment, followed by reports data on industrial production, and manufacturing activity in New York state. - offers an extensive set of professional tools for the Forex, Commodities, Futures and the Stock Market including real-time data streaming, a comprehensive economic calendar, as well as financial news and technical & fundamental analysis by in-house experts.

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