Difficulties strengthen the mind as labor does the body.
The single currency edged lower to $1.18 as a measured U.S. presidential debate left investors in a cautious mood.
The cable slipped to $1.3060 on uncertainty over Brexit outlook. British Purchasing Managers' Index figures are due later at 12:30.
The safe-haven yen jostled to 104.70 per dollar, paring some losses made on Thursday after U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said there was progress in stimulus talks.
The Aussie hammered from $0.7140 to $0.7105 as markets are wagering heavily that the central bank will cut rates in early November from the current 0.25%, and expand its bond-buying to the longer-term debt.
The South African rand bolstered to 16.20 against the greenback extended its winning streak to a fifth consecutive session as optimism about a new stimulus package in the United States continued to feed demand for risk currencies. Locally, the market is on watch ahead of the medium-term budget speech due next Wednesday.
The Mauritian rupee remained put at 40.25(selling) on the local market.
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