FOREX-Dented by jobs miss, dollar on backfoot ahead of CPI

    * Euro approaches $1.22 as dollar bounce fades
    * Dollar/yen back below 110; dollar/yuan back below 6.4
    * Thursday brings U.S. CPI, ECB
    * Graphic: World FX rates

    By Tom Westbrook
    SINGAPORE, June 7 (Reuters) - The dollar began the week on
the defensive after being dented by a second batch of
disappointing jobs figures, as traders turned to whether
upcoming inflation data could add pressure on policymakers to
taper monetary stimulus.
    The possibility of a slowdown in bond buying is also in
focus leading up to a European Central Bank meeting on Thursday,
and both concerns kept a lid on price moves in Asia.
    The euro steadied around $1.2168, a recovery from
a drop to $1.2104 on Friday before the U.S. dollar fell broadly.
    As the greenback nursed losses, the Australian and New
Zealand dollars spent the Asia session above 77 cents and 72
cents, respectively, and the dollar fell 0.1% to 109.61 yen
    The Chinese yuan, which has been on a tear in
recent weeks, wobbled around 6.4 per dollar after data showed
China's export growth missed forecasts while imports surged.

    "Friday's slightly softer-than-expected U.S. May employment
numbers stand to set the tone for the weeks ahead," ING Bank
analysts said in a note to clients.
    "This provides the excuse for the (U.S. Federal Reserve) to
say that substantial progress towards its goals has not been
achieved and to defer the tapering debate a little longer."
    The Fed is holding rates at near zero and buys $120 billion
in bonds every month in order to suppress financing costs and
hence support economic growth -- but policymakers have begun
inching toward a discussion about winding that help back.
    Friday's jobs data, which showed U.S. non-farm payrolls
increasing by 559,000 in May, fell 90,000 jobs short of
expectations and seemed to allay fears of premature policy
tightening and higher rates driving a firmer U.S. dollar.
    But nerves are persisting ahead of what is likely to be
another hot inflation reading on Thursday, and analysts see
risks on all sides and the coming weeks as pivotal.
    "How the dollar performs today may set the tone into the
June Fed meeting next week," said analysts at OCBC Bank. "Our
bias is for the floor under the dollar to hold out for now, at
least until the ECB and U.S. CPI on Thursday."
    ING analysts think the dollar could "stay gently offered" if
it gets past Thursday unscathed, while strategists at the
Commonwealth Bank of Australia see it at risk of a drop.
    "We think inflation could fall short of elevated
expectations and pull down the dollar," said CBA's Kim Mundy.
    Short bets against the dollar increased a tiny bit last week
as Fed officials insist the recovery has a long way to run and
they will not rush to react to short-term data points.
    Elsewhere, the market's focus is also on tapering ahead of a
Bank of Canada meeting on Wednesday and the ECB on Thursday,
where changes are seen as unlikely but some analysts see
adjustments to the pace of Europe's bond buying programme.
    "We expect a 'technical adjustment' ... with a 'slightly
lower' pace through Q3," Rabobank analysts said in a note. "But
we acknowledge the risks are skewed towards a delay of any such
    Currency bid prices at 530 GMT
 Description      RIC         Last           U.S. Close  Pct Change     YTD Pct     High Bid    Low Bid
                                              Previous                   Change                 
 Euro/Dollar                  $1.2162        $1.2167     -0.04%         -0.46%      +1.2173     +1.2161
 Dollar/Yen                   109.4850       109.5100    -0.07%         +5.94%      +109.6300   +109.4050
 Euro/Yen         <EURJPY=EB  133.15         133.26      -0.08%         +4.91%      +133.3800   +133.1200
 Dollar/Swiss                 0.8993         0.8991      +0.00%         +1.63%      +0.8996     +0.8989
 Sterling/Dollar              1.4141         1.4164      -0.15%         +3.51%      +1.4169     +1.4139
 Dollar/Canadian              1.2088         1.2074      +0.12%         -5.07%      +1.2095     +1.2074
 Aussie/Dollar                0.7733         0.7742      -0.10%         +0.54%      +0.7748     +0.7731
 NZ                           0.7204         0.7212      -0.09%         +0.33%      +0.7215     +0.7203
 Dollar/Dollar All spots
Tokyo spots
Europe spots 
Tokyo Forex market info from BOJ 

 (Editing by Lincoln Feast and Jacqueline Wong)