Yen Surges: BOJ Intervention Watch At DefCon 1
Starting at 9pm Eastern, something lit up a fire under the Japanese Yen, sending all pairs, but specifically the USDJPY and EURJPY down sharply for no apparent reason. At last check the Dollar Yen was back under 79.85, the level at which the BOJ 3 months ago had to run like a petulant, crying child to its pedophile uncles from the G-7, begging for a rescue. The only mildly related news came out just prior when it was announced that China's net purchases of Japan debt hit a new record in April. From Bloomberg: "China’s net purchases of Japan’s long-term debt reached a record as the larger nation seeks to diversify the world’s biggest currency reserves. China bought a net 1.33 trillion yen ($16.6 billion) in Japanese long-term bonds in April, the biggest amount since records began in January 2005, according to data released today in Tokyo by Japan’s Ministry of Finance. The nation sold a net 1.47 trillion yen of short-term debt, the data shows. “As China tries to diversify its assets with its huge foreign-exchange reserves, it probably wants to have yen- denominated assets to some extent” in the longer term, said Tetsuya Inoue, chief researcher for financial markets for Tokyo- based Nomura Research Institute Ltd. “China has a strong trading relationship with Japan." If anything this would be dollar negative, not so much Yen positive... We will follow and update if anything is noted.
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