China’s yuan again dominated moves on major foreign exchange markets on Monday, driven 1 percent higher against the dollar in offshore trade after reports of another round of aggressive intervention by Beijing.
With Chinese stocks sinking a further 5 percent, global financial markets were struggling to shake off the jitters from last week’s fall in the yuan.
The dollar was higher against the euro while the yen hit five-month highs in Asian trade only to retreat after the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) made moves in Hong Kong markets to support the yuan.
The Australian dollar, the main proxy for Chinese sentiment in the G10 list of major developed world currencies, recovered from a four-month low to stand 0.3 percent higher at $0.6977.
“The Chinese authorities clearly want to signal that it will not be a one-way trade in the renminbi,” London-based Rabobank currency strategist Jane Foley said.
“But most people would recognize that were you to take away the interventions it is a currency that would fall.”
The tightly controlled onshore rate for the yuan was around 0.2 percent stronger at 6.5807 per dollar after the PBOC set its daily mid-point rate higher for a second day. Offshore rates strengthened by 1 percent to 6.6180.