The Japanese yen rose almost 1 percent against the euro and dollar while sterling fell to new long-term lows.
A fresh reading on China's services sector for June showed the mainland's rebalancing away from the manufacturing sector was continuing apace.
There are good investing opportunities in the previously oversold Japanese market and U.S. banks, notes Manulife Asset Management's Geoff Lewis.
The Aussie recovered from a wobbly start as commodities rose on expectations that central banks are likely to provide more stimulus.
The Bank of Israel bought "hundreds of millions" of dollars of foreign currency, dealers said, after the shekel continued to strengthen.
China has suffered from outflows from its foreign reserves for months. Goldman Sachs and Standard & Poor's can't agree why.
S&P Global Ratings' Paul Gruenwald says London was actually China's European offshore center for the renminbi but that could change post-Brexit.
The U.S. dollar tumbled against the safe-haven yen Friday amid uncertainty over the fallout from Britain's vote to exit the EU.
China's twin PMIs were concerning, but the economy is expected to accelerate as the yuan depreciates, says Complete Intelligence's Tony Nash.
China's manufacturing data were disappointing, and Beijing will likely have to introduce fiscal stimulus and cut interest rates, says Commerzbank's Hao Zhou.
Manufacturing momentum in the world's number two economy skidded to a four-month low in June, according to twin surveys released on Friday.
If Beijing really wanted to weaken the currency, the downward moves would be more significant, says Fraser Howie, an independent analyst.
The British pound traded more than 1 percent lower after Mark Carney, the head of the Bank of England, made remarks about the U.K. economy following the Brexit vote.
The central bank will aim to ensure a gradual decline to prevent the sort of capital outflows that shook the economy earlier this year.
The euro and sterling spiked higher, as markets regained some appetite for risk.
Credit Suisse PBWM's John Woods says he will stay overweight on investment-grade dollar-denominated credit until there is further clarity on Brexit.
The U.S. dollar fell against the British pound and the euro as the market took a breather and potential profit-taking.
Sterling fell to a 31-year low against the dollar as a sell-off stemming from Britain's decision to quit the EU gathered pace.
China's economy is big enough to withstand the Brexit and it has a well-balanced portfolio of outbound investments, says Tsinghua University's Li Daokui.
In the wake of a global selloff, Brexit could be changing the market narrative in a big way.