* Dollar falls against yen, euro edges higher
* Fed meeting minutes on Wednesday in focus
(Updates prices, adds Goldman economists' rate expectations)
By Karen Brettell
NEW YORK, July 7 The dollar weakened on Monday
against the Japanese yen as investors continued to digest last
week's strong U.S. employment report and speculated about when
the Federal Reserve is likely to begin raising U.S. interest
The yen gained as long-dated U.S. Treasuries rallied,
stemming a week-long bond selloff heading into Thursday's
employment report, which showed nonfarm payrolls increased by
288,000 jobs last month and the unemployment rate fell to 6.1
percent from 6.3 percent in May.
The next major focus will be the release on Wednesday of
minutes from the Fed's June meeting, which will be scoured for
signs about when central bank members see an interest rate
increase as likely.
"The discussion won't reflect the strong bounce in nonfarm
payrolls, but will serve as a reference as to what the internal
debate is in the FOMC regarding the first rate hike," said
Martin Schwerdtfeger, a foreign exchange strategist at TD
Securities in Toronto.
Goldman Sachs economists on Monday brought forward their
expectations of the first rate increase to the third quarter of
2015 from the first quarter of 2016, following similar actions
from some other banks last week.
The dollar fell 0.27 percent against the yen to
101.84 yen, down from 102.10 yen late on Friday.
The dollar also slipped 0.01 percent against the euro
to $1.3604. It had strengthened to $1.3577 earlier on Monday
after data showed German industrial output fell 1.8 percent on
the month in May, its biggest drop in more than two years.
The weak German data kept alive expectations the European
Central Bank may need to loosen monetary policy further in
coming months in the face of disinflationary pressures and
subdued economic growth.
The dollar index, which tracks the greenback against
a broad basket of currencies, was unchanged at 80.220, down from
an earlier high of 80.359, the highest in a week-and-a-half.
(Editing by Meredith Mazzilli)