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Investing.com - The dollar remained mostly higher against the other major currencies in thin trade on Friday, as investors locked in profits after most risk-related currencies strengthened on Thursday following the release of downbeat U.S. data.



The dollar was higher against the euro, with EUR/USD down 0.10% to 1.3680.

The dollar came under broad selling pressure on Thursday after data showed that initial jobless claims rose in line with expectations last week, but the number of continuing jobless claims remained above the three million mark for the second successive week.



In addition, U.S. factory output fell to a three-month low in January, due to disruption from unseasonable cold weather.



The U.S. manufacturing PMI declined to 53.7 this month from a final reading of 55.0 in December. Analysts had expected the index to hold steady.

The pound was lower against the dollar, with GBP/USD dropping 0.78% to 1.6509.

In a report, the British Bankers'' Association said mortgage approvals rose by GBP46,500 in December, less than the expected 47,200 increase, after an upwardly revised 45,400 rise the previous months.



The dollar was lower against the yen and the Swiss franc, with USD/JPY retreating 1.05% to 102.20 and with USD/CHF down 0.27% to 0.8948.

The greenback was mixed to higher against the Australian, New Zealand and Canadian dollars, with AUD/USD declining 0.68% to 0.8708, NZD/USD sliding 0.71% to 0.8243 and USD/CAD down 0.13% to 1.1086.



In Canada, official data showed that core consumer price inflation, whch excludes the eight most volatile items, fell 0.4% last month, in line with expectations, after a 0.1% downtick in November.



Consumer price inflation slipped 0.2% in December, as expected, following a flat reading the previous month.

The U.S. dollar index, which tracks the performance of the greenback versus a basket of six other major currencies, was up 0.03% to 80.54.





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