The euro edged lower against the U.S. dollar on Friday, as disappointing Chinese service sector data dampened market sentiment, while Thursday''s strong jobless claims data continued to support demand for the greenback.
EUR/USD hit 1.3645 during late Asian trade, the session low; the pair subsequently consolidated at 1.3658, slipping 0.10%.
The pair was likely to find support at 1.3625, the low of December 20 and resistance at 1.3717, the high of December 23.
Markets were jittery after data showed that China''s non-manufacturing purchasing managers'' index fell to 54.6 in December, from a reading of 56.0 the previous month.
The data came a day after a report showed that China’s final HSBC PMI inched down to 50.5 in December from a reading of 50.8 in November.
A government report also showed that China’s manufacturing PMI fell to a four-month low of 51.0 last month from 51.4 in November and worse than forecasts for a decline to 51.2.
Meanwhile, the greenback remained supported after the U.S. Department of Labor on Thursday said the number of individuals filing for initial jobless benefits in the week ending December 28 declined by 2,000 to a seasonally adjusted 339,000.
Analysts had expected U.S. jobless claims to fall by 7,000 to 334,000 last week from the previous week’s revised total of 341,000.
The euro was fractionally lower against the pound, with EUR/GBP edging down 0.08% to 0.8303.