Friday’s focus is on events in the United States, with the probe into possible Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election weighing on markets somewhat and the latest, always keenly watched, jobs reports due later.
The dollar is still on the defensive, close to 2-1/2-year lows against the euro and seven-week lows versus the yen. The political uncertainty emanating from the White House, along with mediocre U.S. data, have taken a toll on the greenback. If the monthly payrolls report shows the forecast 183,000 jobs, or more, were created, that could help the dollar.
Also bubbling in Washington is the possibility of a major trade row with China as President Donald Trump prepares to launch an inquiry into Beijing’s intellectual property and trade practices. An expected White House announcement on the matter on Friday has been postponed.