The dollar climbed on Friday, boosted by an unexpectedly large jump in U.S. jobs growth that set off enough buying to lift the greenback from a four-month low.
The U.S. dollar index, a composite of six currency pairs which earlier on Friday had hit a bottom near 79.43 last seen on Oct. 29, reversed course after the release of February's U.S. employment data, touched a high around 79.85, and was ahead almost 0.1 percent for the day at 79.71 late on Friday.
The dollar was up almost 0.3 percent against the yen to just under 103.33 yen in late New York trading and little changed against the euro, which earlier had hit a 2-1/2 year high against the dollar on signs the European Central Bank's balance sheet was shrinking.
Traders shifted gears when the U.S. Labor Department reported that America's employers added 175,000 jobs to their payrolls last month after creating 129,000 new positions in January. Forecasts had been for gains of about 149,000, according to a Reuters poll.