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Greenback hits five-month minimum vs. yen as North Korea tensions mount
On Monday, the major American currency dropped to a five-month minimum against the Japanese yen because strengthening tensions over North Korea kept the yen in demand.
The dollar index against a basket of main currencies decreased 0.2%, hitting 100.390, suppressed due to the publication of Friday's poor American retail sales as well as consumer prices data as flight-to-safety brought American Treasury yields to five-month minimums.
The greenback extended losses from yesterday and retreated to 108.135 yen, showing its lowest value since mid-November.
The Japanese yen remained broadly bid vs. other currencies as well. As for the common currency as well as the British pound, they slid to five-month lows of respectively 114.955 yen and 136.05 yen.
Surging geopolitical risks, North Korea’s missile test drove regional tensions for the last weeks as American President Donald Trump is demonstrating rather a tough rhetorical line with Pyongyang.
Now traders follow the economic events with new vision as inflation in the US seems like decreasing. Let’s see what releases will influence the market due to that factor.
The week will have the biggest event in the US political process over the last two years. How will the elections affect the Forex market? We covered the most important news of this week in this report.
This week may be the most important since the year started as the Fed assess the economic outlook and the US presents fresh NFP readings.
S&P Global, a private banking company, will release a monthly change in British Flash Manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) on January 24, 11:30 GMT+2. The index is a leading indicator of economic health as businesses react quickly to market conditions, and purchasing managers hold the most current and relevant insight into the company's view of the economy.
The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics will publish the US Consumer Price Index (CPI) m/m on January 12 at 15:30 GMT+2. The index measures a change in the price of goods and services purchased by consumers.