Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Japanese yen

The Japanese yen is stable on Tuesday, as USD/JPY trades in the mid-108 range late in the European session. Trade is light as the Japanese markets are closed for a national holiday. In the US, today’s highlight is the Richmond Manufacturing Index. The indicator is expected to post another strong reading.
USD/JPY enjoyed another strong week, buoyed by dollar gains after the Federal Reserve statement on Wednesday. The Fed statement reaffirmed that interest rates would remain ultra-low for a “considerable time” after the asset purchase scheme (QE) ends next month, but surprised the markets in hinting that once a rate hike was introduced, rate levels could move up more quickly than expected. As expected, the Fed trimmed QE by $10 billion/month, and the remaining $15 billion/month is scheduled to be phased out in October.