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For a third consecutive day, the Japanese Yen continued to weaken, however it is trading very near to an 18-month high. FX traders remain unconvinced that the Bank of Japan is on the verge of intervening in the Yen’s rise, despite recent rhetoric to the contrary.
Turkish prime minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, a close ally of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, will be stepping down soon according to government officials.
On Tuesday, the Pound Sterling had its largest single day’s decline in six weeks against the US Dollar; those losses are continuing to mount in Wednesday’s trading session.
China's central bank on Wednesday fixed the yuan currency nearly 0.60 per cent weaker against the US dollar, the biggest downward move since devaluing the unit in August last year.
At its monthly policy meeting Tuesday the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) announced it was cutting its cash rate a quarter point to an all-time low of 1.75 per cent in a move to stave off deflation after data last week showed quarterly deflation in the consumer price index and the weakest annual pace on record for core inflation.
The Japanese yen rallied to a fresh eighteen-month high on Tuesday with the US dollar trading last at 106.21 yen, down 0.2 percent so far. The greenback fell to as low as 106.05 yen at one point, its lowest level since October 2014.
Gold broke the $1300 barrier this afternoon for the first time in 15 months. After soaring overnight to trade at $1298, the commodity proved its shine by unexpectedly moving past the $1300 key level.
Though the Dollar has recovered to some extent, earlier in today’s trading session, the Japanese Yen struck a new 18-month peak, adding to last week’s gain.
Commodities are having their first recovery since 2010 as global gluts that have plagued markets for over two years finally start to recede. The gains come after five straight years of annual losses when slowing Chinese demand and rising output produced a global oversupply for most commodities.
This week can be expected to be less significant than the previous week, with Central Bank inputs due concerning only the Australian Dollar. There is also some very key U.S. economic data due in the form of Non-Farm Payrolls, and there is a lot of additional Australian economic data due throughout the week.
Most U.S. stocks closed lower on Friday, while April figures showed the Dow and S&P posting gains. At the same time, the dollar began a steep descent against the yen, heading for the largest decline since 2008.
The Japanese Yen gained nearly 3% versus the US Dollar and the common currency Euro after Japan’s central bank surprised investors by standing pat on policy.
The Federal Reserve left short-term interest rates unchanged on Wednesday, marking the third straight meeting the U.S. central bank has held rates steady in 2016.
The Pound Sterling traded close to a 12-week peak versus the US Dollar on growing expectations that Britons would choose to stay in the E.U.
The Federal Reserve convenes this morning for a two-day meeting but the die has already been cast by most markets. No rate hike is expected at this time and the decision has already been factored in.