Japanese Yen Extends Gains Versus Dollar Due to Global Share Sell-off
Aug, 18th 05:11
Japanese Yen extended its upbeat moves versus the dollar for the third day in a row as Asian stock investors joined a global retreat from riskier assets on Friday. While doubts about U.S. President Donald Trump’s ability to deliver his economic agenda are growing, terrorist attack in Barcelona on Thursday contributed to shake investors’ confidence.
The currency pair USDJPY lost more than 0.2 percent on Friday following a drop of 0.6 percent on Thursday, looking set to pair earlier weekly gains. Tracing downticks in U.S. stocks on Wall Street in the previous session, the MSCI Asia Pacific Index declined 0.7 percent while Japanese equities, which were dragged down by a strengthening yen, also traded lower. Japan’s Topix index fell 1.1 percent.
A terror attack on Thursday in Barcelona, which left 13 people dead and more than 100 injured, was a reminder that geopolitical risks remain a threat. The driver was reported to ram a van into pedestrians in the section of Las Ramblas – Barcelona’s most iconic avenue- before jumping out of the van and fleeing the scene. Police in Spain are still hunting the suspected terrorist.
Political turmoil in the U.S. was another caused that created uncertainty for investors to pullback and capitalize on their gains. U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday did not only decry the removal of pro-slavery Civil War Confederacy monuments in Charlottesville, Virginia, but also unleashed attacks on two Republican U.S. senators, Jeff Flake and Lindsey Graham. A spate of unfortunate events mounted concerns over Trump’s ability to work with lawmakers in his own party to win passage of his stimulus plans, such as tax cuts and infrastructure spending.
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