The dollar was mired near an 8-month low against a basket of currencies on Monday on growing expectations the U.S. Federal Reserve will have to delay scaling back its stimulus following a 16-day government shutdown.
The dollar index was little moved in Asian trade around 79.642, but not far from a trough of 79.478 touched on Friday, its lowest level since February.
“In the last two months, previous payrolls figures were revised down. The U.S. economy is losing steam and cannot withstand tapering,” said Daisuke Uno, chief strategist at Sumitomo Mitsui Bank.
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