USD/JPY below 99 as Fed Officials Back Stimulus

The dollar weakened for a second day against the yen as Federal Reserve Bank of New York President William C. Dudley said policy makers must “forcefully” push against economic headwinds.

The U.S. currency fell versus the majority of 16 major peers as Bank of Atlanta President Dennis Lockhart, who has backed the Fed’s $85 billion in monthly bond purchases that were retained last week, said policy should focus on creating a more dynamic economy. The yen gained against most of its major peers as U.S. two-year note yields have dropped 20 basis points since reaching 0.53 percent on Sept. 6, the highest level since May 2011. The 17-member currency fell versus the dollar after European Central Bank President Mario Draghi said he’s ready to deploy another long-term refinancing operation, if needed.

“The U.S. dollar continues to trade near lows versus the euro and other major foreign-exchange counterparts,” David Rodriguez, quantitative strategist in New York at DailyFX, wrote today in a client note. “But the fact that the greenback continues to hold key lows suggests that traders are not yet willing to force larger dollar weakness.”


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