Yuan recovers from eight-year lows

China’s currency strengthened against the US dollar on Wednesday for the third day in a row, after plunging to levels not seen since June 2008 last Friday.

Onshore yuan in Shanghai traded at 6.8837 to the dollar at 10.15 am, 0.14 per cent or 0.0096 points stronger than Tuesday’s close.

Offshore yuan in Hong Kong traded at 6.9145 at 10.15 am, up 0.20 per cent or 0.0135 points.

The People’s Bank of China (PBOC) on Wednesday set the yuan reference point against the greenback at 6.8889, 24 basis points or 0.03 per cent stronger than on Tuesday.

Traders are allowed to trade up to 2 per cent either side of the reference point for the day.

The renminbi has seen volatile movements against the dollar since the election of Donald Trump as US president and the anticipated interest rate increase by the Federal Reserve.

China has tightened its controls on capital outflows as jittery investors look to move their money out of the country.

“The acceleration of yuan weakness of late has spooked the PBOC,” Stephen Innes, senior trader at Canadian foreign exchange company OANDA, said in a morning note. “Mainland Chinese appetite for all things US dollars has accelerated as the population seeks out creative measures to get their money out of China and into the USD.”

South China Morning Post

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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