Sabre Rattling topples USDJPY

Sabre Rattling topples USDJPY


Japanese Yen

The relatively tranquil waters of the Korean Peninsula turned stormy early this morning when the North Korean ambassador told the UK press of plans to go ahead with its sixth nuclear test. The boom that was heard across currency markets early this morning was the USDJPY toppling from 114.30 to sub 113.80, as dollar-yen dealers were whipped into a frenzy, reducing topside USDJPY exposure on the geopolitical headline.

Look for North Korea headlines to sway short term USDJPY sentiment, but ultimately, the recovery of risk appetite should send the JPY lower, and with even greater velocity, if US yields continue to climb.

Australian Dollar

Commodity currencies were already warranting a high degree of attention as the markets weighed in on China’s growth, amidst a tightening of financial provisions. ON top of commodity concerns, the Aussie dollar was a key event overnight, trading to a low at .7335  dispirited by weak retail sales data, which could certainly pressure the RBA into action.

While there was a little cheer from the AUD post-federal budget, I think dealers will look past the event and focus on a drop in domestic consumption data and the plight of commodities. With iron ore prices looking for a base, I would expect pressure on the AUDUSD to continue.

On somewhat of a positive note, the soundness of the recent risk revival, we should expect some cross Yen activity to act a  near term buffer to currencies like the AUD, which is also very sensitive to the global risk play

China’s April CPI and PPI reports will be the primary focus for local traders today.


Before the North Korean sabre rattling, US dollar yields were climbing, leading to notable moves in G10 as the greenback roared back to life. While the dollar move has been broad based, but with the EURUSD making an all too significant close below 1.0950 early this week, recently minted pre-election euro longs headed for the exits. While the French election outcome should be good for both risk and the Euro, the EURUSD bulls appear to be exercising a high degree of caution before they ultimately leg back into positions likely targeting retrace of the post round one election move (1.0840-20) support levels.

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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