Weak dollar gets boost from Europe's debt problems
Weak dollar: The dollar, like the yen and Swiss franc, often gains when weak economic figures triggers investor worries about the global recovery or when geopolitical tensions make traders cautious.
Reports on consumer spending and jobs in the U.S. paint a mixed picture Thursday. The labor market is improving, but not enough to suggest sustainable job growth. Shoppers are spending more, but mostly on gas and food.