LONDON, Aug 12- The dollar held steady at the end of a week dominated by flows into higher-risk currency plays like the Australian and Canadian dollars on Friday, helped by a call for a rise in U.S. interest rates by San Francisco Federal Reserve chief John Williams. The Canadian dollar is up the most since April and Norway's crown has seen its best performance...
The New Zealand dollar surged after its central bank made a smaller interest rate cut than some had expected.
*C$ touches its strongest since July 19 at C $1.2990. The Canadian dollar ended at C $1.3064 to the greenback, or 76.55 U.S. cents, stronger than Tuesday's close of C $1.3123, or 76.20 U.S. cents. The currency's weakest level of the session was C $1.3122, while it touched its strongest since July 19 at C $1.2990.
The U.S. dollar fell broadly on Wednesday as U.S. Treasury yields fell and investors waited on a speech by Fed Chair Janet Yellen.
Sterling fell against the dollar after the Bank of England hinted at further easing.
This comes ahead of a week of data likely to feed the debate on the chances of a rise in U.S. interest rates this year.
The U.S. dollar reversed losses to trade about a third of a percent higher Friday after the headline figure on the July employment report topped expectations.
Sterling saw its biggest falls since the aftermath of June's Brexit vote.
The dollar gained as ADP jobs data revealed new U.S. private sector jobs, suggesting an improving labor market.
The euro rose above $1.12 for the first time in more than a month, while the yen hit its strongest in three weeks.
The dollar recovered after its poorest weekly performance in three months, while the yen weakened after surging more than 3 percent.
The yen soared against the dollar after a round of modest monetary policy easing from the Bank of Japan disappointed investors.
*Canadian dollar settles at C $1.3161, or 75.98 U.S. cents. "Despite oil moving down and while we're awaiting GDP data tomorrow that will be significantly negative, the market is not pricing in any sort of move by the Bank of Canada, that's very unusual," said Jimmy Jean, an economic strategist at Desjardins. The Canadian dollar settled at C $1.3161 to the greenback, or...
The dollar fell against the yen as expectations faded of the Bank of Japan delivering a radical stimulus package this week.
*Canadian dollar settles at C $1.3191, or 75.81 U.S. cents. The Canadian currency settled at C $1.3191 to the greenback, or 75.81 U.S. cents, just weaker than the Bank of Canada's official close of C $1.3189, or 75.82 U.S. cents on Tuesday. "It's a bit of a nod that things have improved," said Mazen Issa, senior foreign exchange strategist at TD Securities.
The U.S. dollar gained against the euro and the yen after the Federal Reserve left the federal funds rates unchanged on Wednesday.
The yen hit a high against the euro and rose against the dollar as traders lower expectations of a Japanese stimulus injection.
The pound is expected to push even lower, according to currency analysts, as the first signs emerged of the impact it's giving to the business sector.
The dollar inched up against the yen ahead of meetings at the Bank of Japan and the Fed which investors expect to be dollar-positive.
The dollar index also hit its highest level since March.