The U.S. dollar was little changed during a mixed yet narrow trade on Thursday, starting the U.S. session with some ground against other currencies, and then wobbled back amid disappointing U.S. jobs data and a well-received Spanish bond auction.
More Americans than forecast filed applications for unemployment benefits last week, separately, April sales of previously owned U.S homes were fewer than in February. In addition, the Conference Board's index of U.S. leading indicators rose for a sixth month in March, above forecast.
The USDIX, which tracks the performance of the greenback against six trading partners, is steady around 79.57.Gold fell for the third straight day trading around $1641.41 an ounce from $1669.27. Crude oil for May delivery dropped slightly to $102.47 from $102.72.
The 17-nation common currency teetered above $1.3121 against its U.S. counterpart after yields on Spanish 10-year benchmark bonds and French five-year debt rose at auctions and markets fretted about the possibility of a future credit rating downgrade for France.
The pound appreciated to the highest level in more than five months against the U.S. dollar, trading around $1.6083 from $1.6076 registered four hours ago on speculation the Bank of England will take a break from spurring an economy which seems to be moving on track of recovery.
The greenback rose against its Japanese counterpart, tradingaround 81.50 yenas Bank of Japan officials signaled they'll keep acting to devalue the yen to boost economic growth. The USD/JPY pair started the day at 81.25 yen and hit 81.73 yen,the strongest level since April 10.