NEW YORK: The dollar continued to rebound on Friday as traders tidied positions for month-end and new data largely confirmed expectations about inflation and the strength of the US economic recovery.
The dollar index of major currencies rose 0.3% to 90.236 and a gain of nearly 1% from four-and-a-half month lows plumbed on Tuesday.
The index is on track for its biggest weekly advance since the end of April.
The turnabout came after the dollar index had lost about 3% since March as other major economies began to catch up with vaccination rates in the United States. At the same time, central banks in some other countries appeared likely to move more quickly than the US Federal Reserve in backing away from easy money policies.
The euro was down 0.3% at $1.216, compared with a four-month high of $1.2266 earlier in the week.
The British pound fell 0.3% to $1.416, having struggled around $1.42 earlier this week.
On Monday the United States and Britain have public holidays.
China's onshore yuan hit a new three-year high and traded around 6.37 versus the dollar.
The New Zealand dollar, which this week had jumped on the prospect of an interest rate hike by September 2022, fell as much as 1% against the greenback early in the day. In cryptocurrencies, bitcoin was down about 5% at $36,682 in the morning in New York, while ether was down 7% at around $2,561.