The dollar found some respite on Friday after steep quarterly losses against major rivals, as investors awaited a U.S. nonfarm payrolls report that could give clues to the monetary policy outlook.
The Bank of Japan's quarterly tankan survey of business confidence, published earlier on Friday, showed large manufacturers' business sentiment deteriorated to its lowest level in nearly three years and was expected to worsen in the coming quarter. Large manufacturers expect the dollar to average 117.46 yen in the fiscal year which began on Friday, the tankan survey showed.
The Australian dollar edged down, but remained not far from a nine-month peak of $0.7723 set on Thursday, underpinned by surprisingly upbeat Chinese manufacturing surveys. Chinese manufacturing activity expanded in March for the first time in nine months, with the official Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) squeaking above the boom-or-bust threshold to 50.2. A private PMI survey also beat forecasts and rose to its highest in 13 months.
EUR/USD: during the Asian session the pair traded in the range of $1.1365-85
GBP/USD: during the Asian session the pair fell to $1.4325
USD/JPY: during the Asian session the pair fell to a Y112.05
Based on Reuters materials