Dollar Retreats as Investors Continue Optimism over U.S. Jobs Data

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By Gina Lee – The dollar was down on Monday morning, with investors retreating from the safe-haven asset after the U.S. released a better-than-expected employment report on Friday.

The jobless rate was 13.3% in May, down from April’s 14.7%, according to the Labor Department’s employment report released on Friday. The U.S. also increased by 2.5 million, against analyst expectations of an 8-million drop.

The that tracks the greenback against a basket of other currencies fell 0.05% to 96.873 by 11:51 AM ET (4:51 AM GMT).

The pair was down 0.07% to 109.50.

“Commodities and emerging market currencies are clearly finding it easier to rise against the dollar on hopes of economic recovery, but it is a different story when it comes to the yen…for dollar/yen the focus is more on yields, which is pushing the currency pair higher,” Junichi Ishikawa, senior foreign exchange strategist at IG Securities, told Reuters.

The pair gained 0.04% to 7.0838. Data released by China on Sunday showed that the world’s second largest economy was still recovering from the impact of the COVID-19 virus, with Imports shrinking by a larger-than-expected 16.7% in May year-on-year. Exports shrinking by 3.3%.

The pair gained 0.09% to 0.6975 and the pair jumped 0.22% to 0.6520. The Antipodean currencies, considered riskier compared to the USD or JPY, took advantage of the improved risk sentiment to edge towards levels last seen in January.

The pair gained 0.32% to 1.2704.

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