US dollar jumps high against yen, closes at 95.42 in Tokyo
AFPTOKYO--The U.S. dollar rose to a three-and-a-half-year high against the yen in Asia Friday as dealers grew confident of encouraging results from key U.S. jobs data due later in the global day.
March 9, 2013, 12:09 am TWN
The greenback climbed to 95.42 yen in Tokyo — its strongest since August 2009 — from 94.83 yen in New York late Thursday, while the euro dipped to US$1.3095 in Tokyo morning trade against US$1.3107.
The single currency was also buying 124.92 yen, compared with 124.28 yen.
A senior dealer at a major European bank said the focus was on U.S. payroll and jobless figures due later.
“Strong readings will push (the dollar) higher,” he said.
The U.S. dollar was mixed against other Asia-Pacific currencies.
It firmed to 1,092.00 South Korean won from 1,086.58 won a day earlier, to 9,695 Indonesian rupiah from 9,693 rupiah and to 29.78 Thai baht from 29.75.