Jun 21, 2005

Yen Strength

From Bloomberg:
The yen rose the most in seven weeks against the dollar and appreciated against all major currencies on speculation China is closer to a decision to allow its currency to trade more freely.
The rise in the yen followed an announcement that U.S. Treasury Secretary John Snow and Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan will testify to Congress on June 23 about U.S.-Chinese economic relations. Both men have called for China to let the yuan float, freeing it to appreciate against the dollar. A stronger yuan boosts the yen by improving Japan's export competitiveness against China.
``The revaluation news spread like wildfire,'' said Enrico Caruso, chief trader at currency hedge fund Tempest Asset Management in Newport, California. ``That's the biggest driver of the dollar-yen right now.''
The latest round of speculation that the yuan would be revalued was tied to the announcement earlier today that Chinese President Hu Jintao will attend the Group of Eight industrialized countries' annual summit in the U.K. on July 7, according to Patrick Brodie, chief currency dealer in New York at Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp.
I am pretty sure this is a case of trying to fit the news to the market. Not that I disagree with the move but I don't think the G8 attendence in itself means anything. I mentioned last week that sentiment had swung about as far as I thought possible from the "its coming tonight" view of two months back.

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