Greenback Posts Further  Gains

The greenback announced increase against the yen in early Asia with investors carefully watching the dollar for sharp divergence as other major currencies such as the yen, pound and euro appear set on additional monetary easing paths.

USD/JP changed hands at 106.23, up 0.09 percent, although AUD/USD traded at 0.7515, up 0.09 percent. GBP/USD traded at 1.3112, flat, while EUR/USD moved at 1.1018, down 0.03 percent.

In advance in Asia, the MI leading index is scheduled for June with the prior figure presenting a 0.2 percent increase MoM.

The U.S. dollar index,  that gauges the greenback’s strong point against a trade-weighted basket of six major currencies, was last quoted at 97.06.

Immediately, on Tuesday, the greenback hit 4 month peak against a basket of major competitors after better than anticipated housing data was released stateside and while the International Monetary Fund influenced on the economic damage to the U.K. and euro zone in the wake of U.K.’s decision to exit the European Union, identified as a Brexit.


The U.S. Commerce Department stated that housing starts to increase 4.8 percent to reach a seasonally adjusted 1.189 million units, beating consensus anticipation for an upsurge to only 1.17 million, according to the reports.

At the same time, building permits  measured as a leading sign for the housing market, upsurge 1.5 percent  to a seasonally adjusted 1.153 million units, settling beyond predictions for an increase to 1.15 million.

USD/JPY was sneaking back  towards the June 24 peak, day in which the U.K.’s decision to exit  the European Union was  exposed.

International Monetary Fund

In connection with this, on Tuesday, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) announced its updated worldwide forecasts, decreasing the projection for development in the global economy in 2016 to 3.1 percent, from the previous 3.2 percent, though expecting a rally to 3.4 percent in 2017.

The U.K. was hardest hit with the International Monetary Fund cutting its estimate to 1.7 percent from the previous 1.9 percent for this year and reducing 2017 progress to 1.3 percent from April’s estimate of 2.2 percent because of  the Brexit.

The euro zone did not escape untouched as 2017 growing anticipations were reduced to 1.4 percent from the previous 1.6 percent.


In contrast, the International Monetary Fund did changed the U.S. forecast to 2.2 percent, from the prior 2.4 percent, however, stated that the Brexit influence on the American economy would be muted and clarified that the reduction was because of the weaker than expected read from 1st quarter gross domestic product.

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