TOKYO , Jan. 8 -- ( Kyodo ) _ The U.S. dollar held firm in the upper 104 yen range early Wednesday in Tokyo after gaining ground in New York overnight on a sharp decline in the U.S. trade deficit. At 9 a.m. , the dollar fetched 104.70-72 yen compared with 104.55-65 yen in New York and 104.35-37 yen in Tokyo at 5 p.m. Tuesday . The euro was quoted at $1.3616-3618 and 142.57-59 yen against $1.3611-3621 and 142.38-48 yen in New York and $1.3618-3620 and 142.11-15 yen in Tokyo late Tuesday afternoon. The U.S. trade deficit shrank 12.9 percent in November from the previous month to $34.2 billion , its lowest level since October 2009 , the Commerce Department said Tuesday.
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