Japanese Yen Declines As Asian Stocks Advance Amid Russia-Ukraine Talks
The Japanese yen dropped against its major opponents in the
Asian session on Thursday, as Asian stocks followed Wall Street
higher, with investors focused on talks between Russia and Ukraine
to reach a ceasefire agreement.
Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov and his Ukrainian
counterpart Dmytro Kuleba are holding talks in Turkey to resolve
the conflict in a diplomatic manner.
Ukraine said that it is ready for discussions on neutrality
demand, but security guarantees from Russia would not be
Ukrainian President Zelensky stated that he is prepared to
compromise on the status of the two breakaway pro-Russian
territories and dropped the push to join the NATO alliance.
A rally in commodity prices has paused, though oil regained some
ground following comments from the United Arab Emirates energy
minister that the OPEC is committed to the existing deal to boost
oil production by 400,000 barrels per day.
Data from the Bank of Japan showed that Japan producer prices
accelerated 9.3 percent on year in February.
That exceeded expectations for an increase of 8.7 percent and
was up from the upwardly revised 8.9 percent in January (originally
The yen dropped to a 3-day low of 125.23 against the franc and a
1-week low of 128.49 against the euro, off its early highs of
124.89 and 128.11, respectively. The yen is poised to face support
around 129.00 against the franc and 130.00 against the euro.
Recovering from its early highs of 152.53 against the pound and
115.81 against the greenback, the yen fell to a 6-day low of 152.99
and near a 4-week low of 116.20, respectively. The currency is
likely to face support around 156.00 against the pound and 118.00
against the greenback.
The yen pulled back from its prior highs of 84.57 against the
aussie, 79.04 against the kiwi and 90.37 against the loonie,
sliding to 3-day lows of 85.13, 79.42 and 90.68, respectively. The
yen is seen facing support around 88.00 against the aussie, 82.00
against the kiwi and 92.00 against the loonie.
Looking ahead, the European Central Bank will announce interest
rate decision at 7:45 am ET. The ECB is expected to hold its main
refi rate at a record low zero percent and the deposit rate at
U.S. weekly jobless claims for the week ended March 5, consumer
inflation data and monthly budget statement for February will be
featured in the New York session.
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