CHF vs Yen (FX:CHFJPY)
6 Months : From Apr 2019 to Oct 2019
The Japanese yen traded higher against its major counterparts in the European session on Friday, as U.S. President Donald Trump's threat to impose tariffs on Mexican goods as well as weak Chinese manufacturing data sparked risk aversion.
Trump on Thursday announced new tariffs on all goods coming from Mexico to curb illegal immigration across the border to the U.S.
In a tweet, Trump said that from 10 June a 5 percent tariff would be imposed and would slowly rise until the situation is resolved.
Trump latest announcement came on the heels of persistent trade tensions with China, further exacerbating growth concerns.
China's manufacturing activity declined in May for the first time in three months amid ongoing trade spat with the U.S, official data showed.
Risk sentiment took a hit, triggering a rally in safe havens such as U.S. and German bonds, the Japanese yen and gold.
Data from the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism showed that Japan's housing starts declined for the first time in five months in April.
Housing starts dropped 5.7 percent year-on-year in April, after a 10.0 percent increase in March. Economists had forecast the housing starts to fall 0.8 percent. This was the first decline since December.
The currency has been trading in a positive territory against its major rivals in the Asian session.
The yen firmed to a 5-month high of 108.71 against the greenback and a 3-week high of 108.09 against the franc, from Thursday's closing values of 109.62 and 108.75, respectively. The next possible resistance for the yen is seen around 106.00 against both the greenback and the franc.
The yen that closed yesterday's trading at 122.00 against the euro and 138.19 against the pound strengthened to near 5-month highs of 121.17 and 136.63, respectively. If the yen rallies further, 118.00 and 133.00 are possibly seen as its next resistance levels against the euro and the pound, respectively.
The Japanese yen also moved up to near 5-month highs of 75.09 against the aussie, 80.16 against the loonie and 70.68 against the kiwi, compared to yesterday's closing values of 75.77, 81.21 and 71.36, respectively. The yen is seen finding resistance around 73.5 against the aussie, 78.5 against the loonie and 69.0 against the kiwi.