(Updates with late New York prices)
* U.S. dollar in narrow range after solid jobs data
* Markets digest data, ECB's moves to loosen policy
* Euro still seen vulnerable amid policy divergence
By Daniel Bases
NEW YORK, June 6 The U.S. dollar recouped losses
Friday as investors added to a well-worn pattern of borrowing
greenbacks to buy higher-yielding currencies after solid U.S.
jobs data left little chance the Federal Reserve would speed up
This follows Thursday's long-promised steps by the European
Central Bank to boost the level of monetary stimulus into the
euro zone economy, which, over time, puts pressure on investors
to sell euros and buy higher-yielding currencies.
"One central bank providing liquidity and another seeing
data that is not going to change its mind on removing liquidity
or the pace of normalization leads to an environment where risk
is back on the table for the carry trade. That also benefits
emerging market currencies," said Steven Englander, global head
of G10 FX strategy at CitiFX in New York.
The euro gyrated after the data, initially selling
off but then catapulting to a fresh, but brief, two-week high of
$1.3677. Since then, it has settled back down 0.13 percent at
$1.3641, just beneath the 200-day moving average.
The data, which showed the U.S. economy added 217,000
non-farm jobs against the Reuters consensus forecast of 218,000,
brought employment to its pre-recession levels and indicated an
economy that had snapped back from a harsh winter.
It may take until next week for the dust to settle on the
ECB's moves, making good on hints that it would take strong
action to both support the economy and, in passing, halt gains
for the euro which have driven inflation below targets.
"Nothing really has changed in the U.S. scenario and I don't
think the dust has settled from the ECB. The fact is the euro is
lower than when we wholly anticipated the easing (by the ECB),"
said Robert Lynch, head of G10 FX strategy at HSBC in New York.
Since the May 8 ECB policy meeting, when expectations grew
for the central bank to loosen policy, the euro has dropped
nearly 2 percent against the dollar and it is now down 0.80
Investors had been caught by the euro's four percent rise
between January and the start of May, an unexpected scenario
given bets the removal of policy accommodation by the Fed was
expected to boost the dollar.
But the Fed's slow and steady message of a dovish outlook
for monetary policy remains intact despite stronger data.
The conclusion of many from Thursday's ECB decision is that
the ECB on its own will struggle to weaken the single currency.
"It is still all about the Fed," said one London-based
dealer. "Until we get more certainty about the prospect of
stronger growth and higher interest rates in the United States,
there are too many other factors in the euro's favour."
The dollar rose 0.15 percent to 102.53 yen. The euro
was off 0.04 percent at 139.84 yen.
(Additional reporting by Patrick Graham in London; Editing by
Catherine Evans, Meredith Mazzilli and Bernadette Baum)