Dollar rises to five-year high against yen: New Age

27.12.2013 11:48
Dollar rises to five-year high against yen: New Age

YEREVAN, December 27. /ARKA/. The dollar rose to a five-year high against the yen in Asian trading Thursday on the back of strong Japanese share prices in a thin holiday market.

The greenback rose to 104.85 yen in early trade, its highest since October 2008, before settling at 104.71 yen.

The level compared to 104.39 yen seen Wednesday in Tokyo. New York was closed for the Christmas holiday.

The euro bought $1.3679 and 143.27 yen against $1.3668 and 142.71 yen on Wednesday in Tokyo.
Strong Japanese stock prices were a major market-moving factor. The benchmark Nikkei index ended at a six-year high of 16,174.44, up 1.03 per cent.

Many stock markets globally have been rising as more signs of a US economic recovery emerge.

Traders say the dollar should soon test the 105 yen mark, especially if US jobless claims data due later in the day turn out to have fallen.

'If fresh claims turn out to be less than 3,20,000, we can say the result is favourable,' said Masafumi Yamamoto of Praevidentia Strategy.

Investors will also closely monitor Japan's consumer price data due Friday, as they expect the US currency to rise further.

'I don't see any big barriers for the dollar beyond 105 yen, so we may see further fast-paced gains afterwards,' said Yuji Saito, director of foreign exchange at Credit Agricole in Tokyo.

The dollar's upward momentum against the yen eased slightly as the market turned a little cautious over Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe's visit to the controversial Yasukuni war shrine. –0--

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