*Safe-haven currencies gain as Russia- Ukraine tension flares. LONDON, Aug 22- The yen and the Swiss francs rose against the euro on Friday, helped by safe-haven inflows after a Russian aid convoy crossed into Ukraine without permission from Kiev, rattling investors.» Read More
The euro regained ground on the dollar, but trading was not energetic thanks to a holiday in Japan and geopolitical tensions.
LONDON, July 18- Oil producer Norway's crown jumped on Friday, boosted by concerns about Europe's energy supply as tensions between Russia and the West over Ukraine rose. Other major currency markets calmed after an initial surge for the traditionally safe-haven yen and Swiss franc following the downing of a passenger jet over eastern Ukraine on Thursday.
The yen hit a five-month high versus the euro - and held some of its gains against the dollar - as investors saw the currency as a safe haven.
The yen hit a five-month high against the euro on renewed safe-haven inflows as the West imposed further sanctions against Russia.
The dollar clung to gains after bulls latched onto a comment by the head of the Fed that rates could rise sooner if employment continued to improve.
The yen eased on Tuesday after the Bank of Japan's growth warning, but it stopped short of hinting at a new bout of money-printing.
The dollar was steady as investors awaited pivotal events, including Fed Chair Janet Yellen's congressional testimony, for fresh cues.
The yen was near a five-month peak against the euro as banking woes in Portugal drove equities lower and lifted demand for the safe-haven currency.
The yen rose as investors sought shelter from economic stress in Europe.
The BoE left interest rates and its asset purchase target unchanged amid concerns that a strong sterling is choking off an economic recovery.
The euro traded marginally stronger, with traders looking to a speech by ECB and minutes from the Fed meeting today.
The outlook for central bank policymaking dominated attention in major currency markets on Tuesday, with the dollar rally already fading.
German industrial output fell 1.8 percent on the month in May, its biggest drop in more than two years, surprising most analysts.
The dollar struggled to make more headway after a jump in U.S. job creation left stock markets in optimistic mood.
The dollar was broadly bid on Thursday by a stronger-than-expected U.S. nonfarm payrolls report for June.
The report boded well for Thursday's U.S. nonfarm payrolls report, and provided a boost to the dollar.
A UK factory survey adds to evidence that Britain's consumer-led recovery is becoming more balanced and sustainable.
The euro held near a six-week high against the dollar on Tuesday, threatening a break past $1.37.
LONDON, June 30- A sudden and sustained rise in global oil prices caused by violence in Iraq would initially trigger a rush into safe-haven currencies like the yen and the Swiss franc, despite Japan and Switzerland being importers of crude.
The dollar looked set for a second week of losses on Friday, after a string of poor U.S. economic data that gave investors no reason to expect higher interest rates soon.