Dollar Firmer vs. Yen and Swiss Franc as Stocks Stabilize

The dollar rose against the safe-haven yen and Swiss franc on Monday, regaining some poise as European and Japanese stock markets started the week with gains, helping bolster risk sentiment.

Volumes waned in the European session with the United States closed for a national holiday.

And with Chinese stocks ending in the red after a four-day holiday, most investors were cautious before the monthly update on China’s economic health in the coming week, with August global trade data out on Tuesday unlikely to offer much solace.

At the G20 meeting at the weekend, policymakers agreed to oppose competitive devaluations and communicate policy shifts in a more transparent way, but they gave investors little insight into future macro trends.

On Friday, a mixed U.S. jobs report gave few clues to investors trying to determine when the Federal Reserve will finally hike interest rates.

The dollar was up 0.3 percent against the yen at 119.35, moving away from the day’s low of 118.66 and taking back some of Friday’s 1 percent tumble. It was up 0.4 percent against the Swiss franc at 0.9750.

The euro was slightly firmer at $1.1155, having gained in recent weeks as investors unwound euro-funded carry trades in which they borrowed euros to invest in high-yielding currencies.

Reuters

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Craig Erlam

Craig Erlam

Senior Currency Analyst at OANDA
Based in London, England, Craig Erlam joined OANDA in 2015 as a Market Analyst. With more than five years' experience as a financial market analyst and trader, he focuses on both fundamental and technical analysis while conducting macroeconomic commentary. He has been published by The Financial Times, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Telegraph, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Sky News, Bloomberg, CNBC and BBC. Craig holds a full membership to the Society of Technical Analysts and he is recognized as a Certified Financial Technician by the International Federation of Technical Analysts.