Dollar Yen Hammered

Trump offered no details on infrastructure spending plans or his corporate reform, the two key catalysts to the dollar rally and bond sell-off since November. Instead, he talked about Russia and conflicts of interest.

The Japanese yen rose another 0.6% this morning to 114.71 after gaining 0.2% overnight. That the yen has crossed 115 again is dangerous. Stephen Innes, senior trader at OANDA, comments:

To refer to the overnight moves as a rollercoaster would be an understatement. However, the break of the 115.00 level is a massive breach; if strong USDJPY demand does not appear out of Tokyo this morning to confirm overnight dip demand, we may be in for another “position event” that could see a significant retrenching of long USDJPY position.

The Nikkei 225 fell 1% today, led by losses in healthcare stocks. Healthcare companies on average fell 2.8% after Trump talked about instigating bidding wars among big pharmaceutical companies. “They’re getting away with murder,” Trump said. “Pharma has a lot of lobbyists and a lot of power and there is very little bidding. We’re the largest buyer of drugs in the world and yet we don’t bid properly and we’re going to save billions of dollars.”



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Stephen Innes

Stephen Innes

Senior Currency Trader and Analyst at OANDA
Stephen has over 25 years of experience in the financial markets and specializes in Asian currencies at OANDA. After having started his trading career with NatWest Bank, he is currently based in Singapore as a Senior Currency Trader and Analyst with OANDA, focusing on the movement of the Aussie Dollar and ASEAN Currencies. Stephen has an extensive trading experience in Interest Rate Futures, Money Markets and Precious Metals. Prior to joining OANDA, he worked with organizations like Cambridge Mercantile, Nat West, Garvin Guy Butler, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation. Stephen was born in Glasgow, Scotland, and holds a Degree in Economics from the University of Western Ontario.
Stephen Innes