A steadier overall performance by European stock markets helped the dollar gain some ground on Monday against Europe's current safe havens of choice, the euro and the Swiss franc in a session thinned out by a U.S. holiday.
Sweden's crown gained a third of a percent on a set of Riksbank minutes that stopped short of signaling aggressive intervention to weaken the currency from here.
Sterling, a big loser since the start of December, dipped below $1.43 while China's yuan gained around half a percent on a Reuters report of new moves to add to funding costs for foreign players speculating against the currency.
That sent the dollar/yuan rate back below 6.60 -- around 2.5 percent off highs for the greenback reached in the first week of January -- and eased some of the concern over Chinese markets that has dominated major currencies since the start of the year.
The Australian dollar also gained around half a percent while other commodity currencies stabilized despite another dip in the price of oil after Friday's 5 percent dive.