The Australian dollar came off vis-à-vis the U.S. dollar today as the Aussie tested bids around the US$ 0.6955 level and was capped around the $0.7140 level. Data released in Australia today saw the November trade surplus print at A$ 1.45 billion while November building approvals fell 12.8%. The Australian government today warned unions about high wage claims. Australian dollar bids are cited around the US$ 0.6600 figure.