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Currencies: Dollar mostly lower ahead of jobs report; takes ground vs. yuan as China tariffs kick in

The dollar index eased modestly Friday, as investors assumed defensive positions ahead of the closely watched June jobs report and dug in to digest the effects of the next round of the U.S.-China trade tiff.

The ICE U.S. Dollar index DXY, -0.13% which measures the greenback against six rivals, was down less than 0.1% at 94.340.

The June release on nonfarm payrolls is due to arrive at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time. Economists polled by MarketWatch believe the country added 200,000 jobs last month. Wage growth, which has been relatively tame, will continue to be scrutinized for signs of budding inflation.

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