China sets yuan mid-point at strongest since Aug 2015, breaching 6.3/dlr

SHANGHAI, Feb 2 (Reuters) - China's central bank on Friday lifted its official yuan midpoint to 6.2885 per dollar, the strongest level since August 2015, breaching the key 6.3 level.

Friday's midpoint was 160 pips, or 0.25 percent, firmer than Thursday's fix of 6.3045 and was the strongest since Aug. 11, 2015, when China shocked global markets with a sharp 2 percent one-off currency devaluation.

The dollar fell on Thursday against a basket of currencies, with the euro rising due to growing investor optimism in the economies that use the single currency. (Reporting by Winni Zhou and John Ruwitch; Editing by Shri Navaratnam)