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The U.S. dollar traded higher against the most major currencies in the absence of any major economic reports from the U.S.
The greenback came under pressure on Friday after the mixed labour market data from the U.S. The U.S. economy added 214,000 jobs in October, missing expectations for a rise of 229,000 jobs, after a gain of 256,000 jobs in September.
The U.S. unemployment rate declined to 5.8% in October from 5.9% in September. Analysts had expected the unemployment rate to remain unchanged.
The euro declined against the U.S. dollar as the European Central Bank (ECB) slowed purchases of covered bonds in the week ending November 7, 2014. The European Central Bank increased by 2.629 billion euros its amount of covered bonds in the week ending November 7, 2014. The ECB held covered bonds in the value of 7.408 billion euros on Monday. The central bank bought 3.075 billion euros in the second week and 1.704 billion euros in the first week as the central bank started its covered bond-buying programme.
Eurozone's Sentix investor confidence index increased to -11.9 in November from -13.7 in October, missing expectations for a rise to -6.9.
A reading above 0.0 indicates optimism, below 0.0 indicates pessimism.
The British pound traded lower against the U.S. dollar in the absence of any major reports from the U.K.
The Canadian dollar traded lower against the U.S. dollar after the weaker-than-expected Canadian housing starts. Housing starts in Canada increased to a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 183,604 units in October from 197,355 units in September. September's figure was revised up from 197,343 units. Analysts had expected an increase to 200,000 units.
The New Zealand dollar traded lower against the U.S. dollar in the absence of any major economic reports from New Zealand. In the overnight trading session, the kiwi traded higher against due to profit-taking on the greenback.
The Australian dollar fell against the U.S. dollar. In the overnight trading session, the Aussie traded higher against due to profit-taking on the U.S. dollar.
Home loans in Australia decreased 0.7% in September, missing expectations for a 0.3% fall, after a 0.9% drop in August.
The Japanese yen was down against the U.S. dollar in the absence of any major economic reports from Japan.
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