The Australian dollar ended the day lower, after the release of disappointing Chinese trade figures.
At 1700 AEST on Friday, the local unit was trading at 105.23 US cents, down from 106.00 cents on Thursday.
Commonwealth Bank currency strategist Joseph Capurso said the currency had been hit hard by Chinese data, which showed weakness in trade and new bank loans.
"The trade figures showed that imports from China weakened considerably," he said.
"The other thing was Chinese new loans, which were significantly lower than expected - just over half what they were last month.
"All of that got people worried about China, and since the Aussie dollar is so closely linked to China, it fell quite a bit today."
Chinese banks extended 540.1 billion yuan of new local-currency loans in July, the Peoples Bank of China said on Friday - this fell well short of the market expectation for 690 billion yuan.
The release on Friday of the Reserve Bank of Australia's Statement on Monetary Policy had not impacted the market much, although it hinted that a strong Australian dollar could affect the domestic economy and keep inflation low.
Commentary on the strong currency and its impact had been made before, and was nothing to worry about, Mr Capurso said.
"I don't think the RBA's going to intervene in the exchange rate," he said.
At 1700 AEST, the Australian dollar was at 82.52 Japanese yen, down from Thursday's close of 83.20 yen, and at 85.66 euro cents, down from 85.64 euro cents.
MeaNwhile, the Chinese data pushed Australian bond prices higher on Friday.
At 1630 AEST on Friday, the September 10-year bond futures contract was trading at 96.840 (implying a yield of 3.160 per cent), up from 96.755 (3.245 per cent) on Thursday.
The September three-year bond futures contract was at 97.320 (2.680 per cent), up from 97.180 (2.820 per cent)
ANZ senior rates strategist Tony Morriss said it had been a strong day for bond prices, starting with a bond tender that attracted strong demand.
The release of the Reserve Bank of Australia's (RBA) Statement on Monetary Policy pushed bond prices up slightly.
"The RBA lifted their growth forecasts for the short term, but eased them for the following years," Mr Morriss said.
"I get the impression that if the currency continues to remain strong, this will argue for easing monetary policy over time because of lower inflation."
But it was Chinese trade data that prompted the biggest rise in bond prices.
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