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Dollar Advances From 2015 Low Before UN Meeting on North Korea

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Published: 2017-09-11 06:18:34
Updated: 2017-09-11 06:18:34

The dollar climbed from a 32-month low as concerns over Hurricane Irma eased and the anniversary of North Korea’s founding passed without a missile test. “Markets seem to have headed into the weekend priced for the worst -- a North Korean missile test and maximum financial damage from Irma,” said Sean Callow, a senior currency strategist at Westpac Banking Corp. in Sydney. “The dollar seems overdue for a bounce. The dollar should return to 109 to 110 yen early in the week.”

The dollar is also supported by “decent” U.S. economic data momentum and a deal between President Donald Trump and the Democrats suspending the debt ceiling to December, Callow said. Still, traders said some short-term accounts took long-yen positions after the state-run Korean Central News Agency said Monday morning that the U.S. will pay a "due price" if harsher sanctions were imposed on North Korea at an expected United Nations Security Council meeting.

• USD/JPY rises 0.6% to 108.52, after touching 108.56; Bloomberg dollar index advances 0.2%, rebounding from Friday when it touched the lowest level since Jan. 2015 • 10-year Treasury yields climb 4 bps to 2.09% o Japan backs a U.S. push for the UN Security Council to vote Monday on sanctions curbing oil supplies to North Korea; North Korean scientists behind the Sept. 3 nuclear weapons test were feted with a banquet over weekend
o Federal Reserve Bank of New York President William Dudley said back-to-back hurricanes in the third quarter could temporarily influence the timing of the next interest-rate increase, although above-trend growth does warrant continued gradual rate hikes
• EUR/USD down 0.3% to 1.2002, with Asia-based FX traders saying clients are liquidating long positions under Friday’s 1.2015 low ahead of the UN meeting
• USD/CHF gains 0.6% to 0.9499; approaching the 0.9509 Friday high driven largely by EUR/CHF short unwind
• Aussie and kiwi reverse small gains driven by China inflation data; early Asian markets react to PBOC removing a reserve requirement on the trading of foreign-exchange forwards, a move that economists say shows an unease with yuan gains
• WTI crude up 0.6% to $47.77 per barrel
• Some information comes from FX traders familiar with the transactions, who asked not to be identified because they aren’t authorized to speak publicly

Source: Bloomberg


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