By Gina Lee
Investing.com – The dollar was down on Friday morning in Asia, as and an improving outlook for the economic recovery from COVID-19, exerted pressure on the U.S. currency.
The that tracks the greenback against a basket of other currencies inched down 0.09% to 90.858 by 12:40 PM ET (4:40 AM GMT).
The pair inched down 0.01% to 109.06, with Japan’s April’s coming in at a better-than-expected 49.5.
The pair inched down 0.04% to 0.7775 and the pair inched down 0.03% to 0.7230.
The pair inched down 0.01% to 6.4592, with the yuan near a two-month high. China also released positive data earlier in the day, with the for April at a better-than-expected 56.3. April’s trade data was also better than expected, with growing 32.3% year-on-year, growing 43.1% year-on-year and the at $42.86 billion.
The pair edged up 0.17% to 1.3908. The U.K.’s Bank of England (BOE) kept its interest rate unchanged at 0.10% as it handed down its on Thursday. Although the central bank also slowed the pace of its trillion-dollar bond-purchasing program, the slowdown was widely expected and is not an indication that BOE will reverse stimulus measures.
However, uncertainties over the results of a Scottish election that could trigger afresh independence capped gains for the pound.
In the U.S., the number of fell to 498,000, the lowest since mid-March 2020 when COVID-19 was declared a pandemic. Investors now await April’s employment report, including , later in the day.
With the forecast likely to affirm the U.S.’ solid path towards recovery, runaway inflation concerns are also mounting. However, most U.S. Federal Reserve officials, Chairman Jerome Powell included, have maintained a dovish monetary policy so far and are expected to keep doing so.
“Markets are convinced that the Fed won’t take action until the U.S. sees full employment. That means a positive environment for risk assets such as stocks,” State Street (NYSE:) Tokyo Branch Manager Bart Wakabayashi told Reuters.
“I often hear people say they are fine with the idea of selling the dollar. The question is becoming, what you should buy against the dollar?” he added.
A possible answer is the Canadian dollar, which gained almost 1% during the previous session to a three-and-a-half-year high.
On the cryptocurrency front, ether hit a fresh record high of $3,610.04 and was last trading at $3,473.51. fetched $56,541, still within the $53,000 to $59,000 range that it has been stuck in during the past week.
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