The dollar fell on Tuesday, as a delayed U.S. jobs report bolstered speculation that monetary policy would err on the side of looseness, just a week after the government shutdown ended.
Most market participants expect the negative impact of the shutdown on the economy will lead the U.S. Federal Reserve to delay scaling back its stimulus program until 2014. The dollar got little support from data showing the U.S. economy added just 148,000 jobs in September, considerably worse than expected and raising new speculation about the Fed's determination to keep monetary policy accomodative.
The dollar index, which tracks the dollar's performance against a basket of major currencies, was unchanged near 79.73, holding above Friday's 8-1/2 month low of 79.478.
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The euro jumped above $1.37, its strongest since early February, and breaking free of chart resistance at the 2013 peak of $1.3711.