Forex – Dollar Hovers Near 4-Month Lows Ahead of U.S. Data

© Reuters. Dollar remains under pressure vs. rivals with U.S. data on tap – The dollar was hovering near four-month lows against other major currencies on Friday, as Thursday’s downbeat U.S. economic reports still weighed and investors eyed the release of key U.S. retail sales and inflation data due later in the day.

The greenback came under pressure after the U.S. Department of Labor reported on Thursday that initial jobless claims increased to last week, compared to expectations for a drop to 246,000.

A separate report showed that the producer price index fell last month, confounding expectations for a 0.2% rise.

The U.S. dollar had gained ground earlier in the day after China’s foreign exchange regulator said that a report about may be based on erroneous information and could be “fake”.

Bloomberg reported this week that Chinese officials reviewing foreign-exchange holdings had recommended slowing or halting purchases of U.S. bonds. China is the largest foreign holder of U.S. government debt.

The , which measures the greenback’s strength against a trade-weighted basket of six major currencies, was down 0.09% at 91.58 by 02:05 a.m. ET (06:05 GMT).

The euro was higher, with up 0.17% at 1.2052, while held steady at 1.3547.

The yen and the Swiss franc were little changed, with at 111.31 and with at 0.9757.

Elsewhere, the Australian and New Zealand dollars were weaker, with down 0.09% at 0.7885 and with slipping 0.14% to 0.7251.

Official data earlier showed that China’s exports increased more than expected by in December, while imports rose by only compared to expectations for a 13.0% climb.

China is Australia’s biggest export partner and New Zealand’s second biggest export partner.

Meanwhile, edged up 0.12% to 1.2535.

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