Asian Markets Higher

The dollar index, which tracks the greenback against a basket of currencies, remained near a 14-year high at 101.81.

The dollar has been on a tear ever since Donald Trump’s surprise presidential election victory on November 8. A Trump administration or “Trumponomics” was expected to boost fiscal stimulus and inflation in the U.S. Moreover, the recent strong economic data out of the U.S. and rising market expectations for a Fed hike in December are also helping to drive the greenback higher.

The dollar’s climb had spurred a selloff across emerging markets, dubbed a Trump tantrum.

The People’s Bank of China set the yuan mid-point fix at 6.9168 against the dollar, compared with the currency pair’s last close at 6.918. The dollar/yuan was trading at 6.9139 as of 11:13 am HK/SIN.

The Australian dollar was steady at $0.7427 against the dollar late Friday morning, compared with levels below $0.735 last week.

“Commodity prices and oil supply cut headlines are providing essential support for the commodity bloc,” Stephen Innes, senior trader at Oanda, said in a note on Friday.


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Stephen Innes

Stephen Innes

Head of Trading APAC at OANDA
Stephen has over 25 years of experience in the financial markets and currently based in Singapore as the Head of Trading Asia Pacific with OANDA. Stephen's market views focus on the movement of G-10 and ASEAN Currencies. His views appear in Bloomberg, CNBC.Reuters, New York Times WSJ and the Economist. His media appearances include Bloomberg TV & Radio, BBC International, Sky TV, Channel News Asia, ASTRO AWANI and BFM Malaysia. Stephen has an extensive trading experience in Spot and Forward FX, Currency and Interest Rate Futures, Money Market Derivatives and Precious Metals. Before joining OANDA, he worked with organisations like Nat West, Chemical Bank, Garvin Guy Butler, and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation. Stephen was born in Glasgow, Scotland, and holds a Degree in Economics from the University of Western Ontario.
Stephen Innes