JPY Rises Before This Week’s Monetary Policy Meeting

The yen rose the most in almost a month versus the euro on speculation Bank of Japan stimulus will be sufficient to boost the economy while the European Central Bank will expand currency-debasing measures to revive growth.

Japan’s currency strengthened against all of its 16 major peers, with analysts surveyed by Bloomberg News predicting the BOJ will keep stimulus unchanged when policy makers meet June 12-13. Its biggest gains came versus the euro as data pointed to subdued inflation and production in the 18-nation currency bloc. Australia’s dollar touched a three-week high.

“The economic data has been mixed but clearly not to the level that would warrant further action at this month’s meeting” of the BOJ, said Peter Rosenstreich, chief foreign-exchange analyst at Swissquote Bank SA in Geneva. “Cyclical stimulus seems to be working while, structurally, sentiment has shifted. This might indicate less artificial support from the BOJ, and that should underpin the yen.”

via Bloomberg

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Alfonso Esparza

Alfonso Esparza

Senior Currency Analyst at Market Pulse
Alfonso Esparza specializes in macro forex strategies for North American and major currency pairs. Upon joining OANDA in 2007, Alfonso Esparza established the MarketPulseFX blog and he has since written extensively about central banks and global economic and political trends. Alfonso has also worked as a professional currency trader focused on North America and emerging markets. He has been published by The MarketWatch, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Globe and Mail, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Bloomberg and BNN. He holds a finance degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and an MBA with a specialization on financial engineering and marketing from the University of Toronto.
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