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Foreign exchange-Yen rises as investors flock to safe-haven belongings – Reuters


* Offshore Chinese yuan stable following Monday’s all-time minimal

* Turkish lira falls following Monday’s flash crash

* Graphic: Planet Forex rates in 2019 tmsnrt.rs/2egbfVh (Updates charges, adds context)

By Olga Cotaga

LONDON, Aug 27 (Reuters) – The Japanese yen rose and 10-year Treasury yields fell on Tuesday as investors fled to safer belongings amid concerns the U.S.-China trade conflict would get even worse, days following both equally sides announced new tariffs.

On Friday, China reported it would increase tariffs on $75 billion truly worth of American merchandise. The United States retaliated by saying it would elevate current tariffs on $250 billion truly worth of Chinese merchandise to 30% from 25% on Oct. one.

U.S. President Donald Trump also reported he would tax a different $300 billion truly worth of Chinese imports 15%, instead than the 10% he experienced prepared. People levies go into outcome on Sept. one.

On Monday, talking on the sidelines of the G7 summit of globe leaders in France, Trump reported Chinese officials experienced contacted U.S. trade counterparts right away and offered to return to the negotiating desk.

Trump’s remarks sparked a wave of so-called threat-on trades, which in the beginning boosted the greenback, weakened safe-haven currencies, and lifted stock markets.

Nonetheless, doubts crept in following a Chinese Overseas Ministry spokesman reported he was unaware that a mobile phone simply call experienced taken place. The Commerce Ministry, which ordinarily releases statements on trade calls, did not reply to a request for comment.

“The yen has been 1 of the ideal-executing world-wide currencies this year and continues to advantage from building downside pitfalls to world-wide advancement from escalating trade tensions,” reported Lee Hardman, forex analyst at MUFG.

The Japanese forex was very last up .3% at one hundred and five.755 against the greenback. That was not as solid as Monday’s acquire, when it reached a 3-year higher, excluding the January flash crash. The yen has attained 3.5% against the greenback this year as the trade war drives traders to safe-haven belongings.

The yen is “likely to bolster more if tensions carry on to establish,” Hardman reported.

10-year U.S. Treasury yields fell to one.5030%, maintaining the generate curve inverted as two-year yields traded at one.5182%, a indication of an impending economic downturn.

The offshore Chinese yuan, sensitive to U.S.-China trade disputes, was continuous on Tuesday following plunging to a document minimal of seven.1870 against the greenback the working day in advance of. It very last traded at seven.1694.

China’s central lender decreased its official yuan midpoint to an eleven-one/two-year minimal on Tuesday, although that was much better than traders experienced predicted.

The Turkish lira was down by .two% at 5.8347 against the greenback, getting plunged Monday by far more than 10% in its 2nd flash crash this year.

The tumble in the lira was exacerbated by heavy selling of the forex by Japanese retail investors as they shut decline-generating positions. Japanese traders are ordinarily consumers of the lira as they seek out returns in greater-yielding markets.

“Japanese retailer investors after again were caught on the incorrect aspect of the trade getting long Turkish lira,” reported Piotr Matys, emerging markets foreign exchange strategist at Rabobank.

“The selling price action continues to be bullish and greenback/Turkish lira has the probable to prolong its current gains,” reported Matys.

In other places, major currencies were fairly stable.

The euro was investing at $one.1103 as sector participants seemed for indicators of no matter if talks involving Italy’s Five Star Movement and the Democratic Bash would final result in the formation of a coalition governing administration. The leaders are predicted to fulfill all around a thousand GMT.

The greenback index, which tracks the greenback against 6 other currencies, was down .two% at 97.919.

The pound was up .four% at $one.2268 and by the exact quantity against the single forex at 90.fifty one pence as Britain’s opposition Labour Bash chief Jeremy Corbyn reported he would do every thing necessary to stop Britain leaving the European Union without having a divorce offer on Oct 31.

Reporting by Olga Cotaga, modifying by Larry King and Kirsten
Donovan

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