The Japanese Yen moved higher in Asian trading today, though investors remain skittish and worried that another intervention by the Ministry of Japan might be forthcoming should the U.S. Dollar slip below 85 Yen.
For the first time in more than six years, the Ministry of Finance in Japan has intervened in their currency’s appreciation by buying the U.S. Dollar repeatedly in Asian trading, forcing the Japanese Yen to plummet versus all major currencies.
The dollar dipped to an additional15-year low versus the JPY on Tuesday ahead of a Japanese ruling party leadership vote in which the prime minister will be presented with a challenge from a proponent of more aggressive fiscal stimulus.
In Asian trading today, the single currency Euro surged 1% higher against the U.S. Dollar as well as other major currencies, as automatic buy orders tripped following the release of encouraging economic data from China, among other things.|
The dollar gave up most early gains against the yen on Friday, heading towards 15-year lows and keeping prospects for yen intervention alive, while the Swiss franc stumbled as investors sold safe-haven currencies.
The U.S. Dollar approached a 15-year trough versus the Japanese Yen in Asian trading today on investor speculation that the Japan central bank would not yet intervene.
The USD declined to its most recent 15-year low against the JPY on Wednesday and the EUR struggled close to record lows against the Swiss franc as the market contemplated whether to sell it further on euro zone banking concerns.
The EURO nosedived on Tuesday from a three-week record versus the USD hit yesterday as rekindled worries about the European banking sector prompted investors to reduce risks.
The USD was playing defense on Monday after firm U.S. payrolls data last week eased market fears over chances of a double-dip recession and boosted demand for the EUR and growth-leveraged currencies.
The EUR and high-yielding currencies held strong on Friday after an improvement in U.S. housing and jobless claims data increased investor appetite for risk ahead of key U.S. jobs data later in the day.
The USD and JPY were on defense on Thursday, maintaining most losses made the previous day when upbeat data helped pull investors away from safe-haven currencies and assets.
The yen declined on Wednesday as the AUD surged on faster-than-anticipated growth in Australia's economy and a moderate rebound in China's manufacturing sector
The yen revolved around a 15-year peak versus the USD on Tuesday after the Bank of Japan's easing steps the previous day failed to intimidate investors from betting on it rising even more.
The JPY displayed wide losses on Monday as the Bank of Japan’s policy change to expand a fixed rate fund supply scheme disappointed investors who were anticipating more aggressive measures to counter deflation.
The USD inched higher versus the JPY on Friday, approaching losses due to wariness on possible steps from Japanese authorities to ease the yen's rise.