Tokyo’s Nikkei rallied Tuesday as the dollar extended gains against the yen on fresh indications the Federal Reserve will lift interest rates again this year, while technology firms tracked a sector rebound on Wall Street.
However, most other regional markets struggled after Monday’s healthy gains, despite being given a positive lead from Wall Street where the Dow and S&P 500 closed at fresh record highs.
One of the key drivers of Monday’s US rally were comments from influential New York Federal Reserve Bank President William Dudley, who reaffirmed the bank’s plan to press on with its rate hikes and forecast of higher inflation.
He said that despite tepid price rises, he was confident that “if the labour market continues to tighten, wages will gradually pick up”.
“Hitting the right chords and sounding dismissive about the recent slowdown in inflation, an unrepentantly hawkish Dudley provided the USD bulls with enough fodder,” Stephen Innes, senior trader at OANDA, said .
The remarks came after Fed boss Janet Yellen set out a more hawkish tone than usual, while the central bank set out plans to wind down its asset holdings to suck cash out of the financial system.
The greenback jumped in US trade and kicked on in Asia, heading towards 112 yen for the first time since the end of May