Dollar mixed in Asia

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The dollar was mixed in Asian trade Friday after earlier dipping on speculation that an uncertain US economic recovery would spur the Federal Reserve to usher in further easing measures. The greenback bought 78.56 yen in Tokyo morning trade from 78.59 yen in New York late Thursday. Against the dollar, the euro bought $1.2256 fro $1.2282 while it was also weaker at 96.33 yen from 96.48 yen. The euro, already under pressure over fears about Europe’s fiscal woes, was also being sold against the Australian dollar which has been strong on higher commodity prices, dealers said. Junichi Ishikawa, forex analyst at IG Market Securities in Tokyo, said the common currency may fall below $1.2230, “but with a lack of cues, there isn’t much direction”. Weak US jobless claims and housing data on Thursday stoked expectations for further Fed stimulus, which weighed on the currency.