The positive data releases also gave the greenback a boost overnight. The dollar index, which tracks the greenback against a basket of six currencies, climbed as high as 92.946 overnight, compared with levels around 92.3 a day earlier. The dollar index stood at 92.893 at 9:32 a.m. HK/SIN.
Against the Japanese currency, the dollar rose to its highest levels in around two weeks. The dollar last fetched 110.40 yen after trading as high as 110.54 earlier in the session.
The dollar ceded some of its gains after the release of Japan July industrial production on Thursday. Industrial output slipped 0.8 percent, compared with the previous month, Reuters reported, slightly more than the fall of 0.5 percent forecast in a Reuters poll.
Despite largely solid economic data releases, geopolitical uncertainties continued to linger in the background, OCBC Treasury Research said in a note, citing a tweet from President Donald Trump that was critical of dialogue with North Korea. The tweet came after North Korea launched a missile that flew over Japan on Tuesday.
Still, markets have become quicker in regaining their composure following such events, said Stephen Innes, APAC head of trading at OANDA. “Risk off flows are becoming an increasingly ephemeral event,” Innes added in a note
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