The euro held firm within a striking distance of its 2013 peak on Friday, thanks to a flow of encouraging euro zone data at a time when a U.S. government shutdown is keeping the dollar pinned at eight-month lows.
The yen, in a muted response, stayed near a five-week high against the dollar after the Bank of Japan kept its policy on hold, as expected.
The common currency last traded at $1.3630, flat in Asia after stretching as far as $1.3646 overnight, a level not seen since early February when it scaled this year’s peak of $1.3711. It has risen 0.8 percent on the dollar so far this week.
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