FOREX-Dollar nurses losses as U.S. economic doubts undercut rally

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FOREX-Dollar nurses losses as U.S. economic doubts undercut rally

* Graphic: World FX rates https://tmsnrt.rs/2RBWI5E

* Jobs data takes shine off dollar rebound

* Investors looking to U.S. CPI, timing of stimulus

* Ethereum falls in spot market as traders eye futures debut

By Stanley White

TOKYO, Feb 8 (Reuters) - The dollar nursed losses against most currencies on Monday as disappointing U.S. jobs data caused some investors to scale back bets on a rebound in the greenback.

The euro held gains versus the dollar but faces a test later on Monday with data that is expected to show German industrial output growth slowed at the end of last year.

Speculators have been reducing short positions in the dollar, but some analysts say better U.S. economic data and continued progress in fighting the coronavirus pandemic will be needed for further dollar gains.

"Soft non-farm payrolls has really pulled the ladder out from under the dollar," said Yukio Ishizuki, foreign exchange strategist at Daiwa Securities.

"Now the markets are questioning whether the dollar can rise any further. A lot depends on the coronavirus, but we also need to know when U.S. fiscal stimulus will pass."

Against the euro EUR=D3 , the dollar traded at $1.2048 after a 0.7% slump on Friday.

The British pound GBP=D3 bought $1.3736, close to an almost three-year high.

The dollar was quoted at 105.38 yen JPY=D3 , having pulled back from a three-month high reached on Friday.

The U.S. economy created fewer jobs than expected in January while job losses the previous month were deeper than initially reported, data at the end of last week showed. release of U.S. consumer prices and consumer sentiment later this week will help determine whether a recent rise in inflation expectations and Treasury yields was justified.

Any disappointing numbers from either report could knock the dollar lower, some analysts warn.

The dollar index =USD against a basket of six major currencies stood at 91.084, nursing a 0.6% loss from Friday.

Speculators' net bearish bets on the dollar fell to $29.95 billion for the week ended Feb. 2, compared with a net short position of $33.81 billion for the previous week, according to calculations by Reuters and U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission data. the cryptocurrency market, ethereum ETH=BTSP fell 3.88% to $1,615, extending a pullback from a record high ahead of the listing of ethereum futures on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. BTH=BTSP , the most popular cryptocurrency, fell 0.88% to $38,936.

Elsewhere, the Australian dollar AUD=D3 held steady at $0.7678. Across the Tasman Sea, the New Zealand dollar NZD=D3 edged up to $0.7209.

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Currency bid prices at 2358 GMT Description

RIC

Last

U.S. Close Pct Change

YTD Pct

High Bid

Low Bid

Previous

Change

Session

Euro/Dollar

EUR=EBS

$1.2048

$1.2050

-0.02%

-1.39%

+1.2060

+1.2032 Dollar/Yen

JPY=D3

105.3800

105.3550

+0.05%

+2.05%

+105.4250 +105.4050 Euro/Yen

EURJPY=

126.98

126.93

+0.04%

+0.04%

+127.0600 +126.8700 Dollar/Swiss

CHF=EBS

0.8990

0.8986

+0.00%

+1.57%

+0.8992

+0.8986 Sterling/Dollar GBP=D3

1.3736

1.3736

+0.00%

+0.54%

+1.3738

+1.3712 Dollar/Canadian CAD=D3

1.2759

1.2757

+0.02%

+0.20%

+1.2765

+1.2750 Aussie/Dollar

AUD=D3

0.7678

0.7679

+0.03%

-0.16%

+0.7682

+0.7660 NZ

NZD=D3

0.7209

0.7194

+0.25%

+0.43%

+0.7212

+0.7175 Dollar/Dollar

All spots FX= Tokyo spots AFX= Europe spots EFX= Volatilities FXVOL= Tokyo Forex market info from BOJ TKYFX

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