The U.S. dollar was gaining 1.1% against the franc at CHF 0.92869 and 1.3% against the Japanese currency at 84.227 yen.
>> Dollar Glimmers on Employment Data

The greenback was also gaining against the Norwegian krone, up 0.1% to NOK 5.54008, which had outpaced the dollar on Thursday on expectations of interest rate hikes, strong retail sales numbers and a rebound in oil prices.

>> Norwegian Krone Sparkles With Oil

Oil stocks were advancing in morning trading as light sweet crude oil for May delivery fell 0.1% to $106.58 a barrel.

BP ( BP) was rising 2.9% to $45.40, Chevron ( CVX) was rising 0.3% to $107.77, Total S.A. ( TOT) was trading sideways at $60.99.

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