USD Rises to 107 JPY After Strong Equity Boost

The U.S. dollar climbed to the mid-107 yen zone Thursday morning in Tokyo, reaching the level for the first time since early June as buying was prompted by buoyant global stock markets and expectations that the Bank of Japan will further ease its monetary grip as early as next week.

The dollar briefly traded at around 107.50 yen before fetching 107.18-23 yen at noon, compared with 106.84-94 yen in New York and 106.33-34 yen in Tokyo at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

The euro was quoted at $1.1023-1023 and 118.13-15 yen against $1.1012-1022 and 117.71-81 yen in New York and $1.0994-0996 and 116.90-94 yen in Tokyo late Wednesday afternoon.

The U.S. currency continued to rise against the yen in the morning, inheriting its upward momentum from overseas trading overnight, as traders’ risk appetite strengthened after U.S. shares continued to rise, sending the Dow Jones Industrial Average to yet another record high.

European shares also gained overnight. Japanese stocks climbed in the morning following media reports that the Japanese government is arranging to compile a stimulus package much bigger than traders had previously thought to prop up the flagging domestic economy.

“It’s totally risk-on trading,” said Kengo Suzuki, chief foreign exchange strategist at Mizuho Securities Co.

via Mainichi

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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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