* U.S. added more jobs than expected in October * U.S. manufacturing contracted in October * Dollar weighed down by trade optimism, slowdown fears (Updates prices) By Karen Brettell NEW YORK, Nov 1 (Reuters) - The dollar dropped on Friday after data showed a mixed view on the economy, and as optimism that the United States and China will reach a deal to end their trade war reduced safe-haven demand for the greenback. The dollar initially gained after U.S. jobs growth slowed less than expected in October, while wages gained and hiring in the prior two months was stronger than previously estimated. “The data is much better than expected. Markets were braced, certainly in headline terms, for some much weaker numbers given the expected impact from the GM strike and the census hiring. So very good data in that context,” said Shaun Osborne, chief foreign exchange strategist at Scotiabank in Toronto. Striking workers who do not receive a paycheck during the payrolls survey period are treated as unemployed. The strike by about 46,000 workers at GM plants in Michigan and Kentucky ended last Friday. Temporary census workers also left their jobs during the month. The U.S. currency was unable to hold onto the gains, however, and was further dented after the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) said the manufacturing sector contracted for the third consecutive month in October. The dollar index against a basket of six major currencies fell to 97.24, down 0.12% on the day. It earlier rose to 97.45 on the jobs data. The dollar has weakened since the Federal Reserve on Wednesday cut interest rates for the third time this year, and indicated that further reductions may not be forthcoming. Concerns about a slowing American economy is weighing on the greenback, however, with the U.S. central bank expected to resume rate cuts if the economic data worsens. “There is a bit more vulnerability starting to feed into the dollar, with perhaps the U.S. economy slowing down,” Osborne said. Fed Vice Chair Richard Clarida said on Friday that the rate cuts put into effect leave the U.S. economy better armed to withstand the risks of a global slowdown. Safe-haven flows into the U.S. currency have also weakened on optimism that the United States and China are close to reaching a deal to end their trade war, which has been blamed for slowing global growth. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin made progress on a variety of issues during a telephone call on Friday with China's Vice Premier Liu He about an interim trade agreement, USTR said in a statement on Friday. ======================================================== Currency bid prices at 2:06PM (1806 GMT) Description RIC Last U.S. Close Pct Change YTD Pct High Bid Low Bid Previous Change Session Euro/Dollar EUR= $1.1160 $1.1150 +0.09% -2.69% +1.1171 +1.1129 Dollar/Yen JPY= 108.2200 108.0200 +0.19% -1.85% +108.3200 +107.9000 Euro/Yen EURJPY= 120.80 120.46 +0.28% -4.29% +120.9300 +120.3700 Dollar/Swiss CHF= 0.9856 0.9863 -0.07% +0.43% +0.9894 +0.9854 Sterling/Dollar GBP= 1.2935 1.2940 -0.04% +1.40% +1.2972 +1.2928 Dollar/Canadian CAD= 1.3139 1.3159 -0.15% -3.65% +1.3195 +1.3139 Australian/Doll AUD= 0.6911 0.6893 +0.26% -1.96% +0.6920 +0.6885 ar Euro/Swiss EURCHF= 1.1002 1.0999 +0.03% -2.24% +1.1027 +1.0999 Euro/Sterling EURGBP= 0.8628 0.8615 +0.15% -3.96% +0.8636 +0.8596 NZ NZD= 0.6436 0.6411 +0.39% -4.18% +0.6455 +0.6407 Dollar/Dollar Dollar/Norway NOK= 9.0924 9.1906 -1.07% +5.25% +9.1983 +9.0864 Euro/Norway EURNOK= 10.1508 10.2490 -0.96% +2.47% +10.2585 +10.1500 Dollar/Sweden SEK= 9.5671 9.6499 -0.77% +6.73% +9.6563 +9.5517 Euro/Sweden EURSEK= 10.6812 10.7641 -0.77% +4.06% +10.7710 +10.6700 (Reporting by Karen Brettell; Editing by Jonathan Oatis and Andrew Heavens)
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