Meanwhile, the antipodean currencies stayed near recent peaks versus their US counterpart.
The Australian dollar stood at US$0.7469, having repeatedly met stiff resistance above 75 US cents.
The Aussie has benefited in recent weeks from rising iron ore prices, boosting the country’s exports and national income, making it the best performing major currency so far this month.
Analysts see significant chart support at US$0.7460.
“But we are still seeing resistance at US$0.7525 … suggesting that it will take a bit more than rallying iron ore prices to crack that nut,” said Stephen Innes, senior trader at OANDA Australia and Asia Pacific.
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