USD/JPY drops toward 110.50 as US T-bond yields continue to push lower
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USD/JPY drops toward 110.50 as US T-bond yields continue to push lower

  • USD/JPY remains on track to snap six-day winning streak.
  • US Dollar Index retreats below 93.00 on Thursday.
  • 10-year US T-bond yield is losing more than 3%.

After edging higher toward 111.00 earlier in the day, the USD/JPY pair turned south during the American trading hours and touched a daily low of 110.54. As of writing, the pair was trading at 110.57, losing 0.11% on a daily basis.

DXY slumps below 93.00 on Thursday

The sharp drop witnessed in the US Treasury bond yields weighed on the greenback in the second half of the day and allowed USD/JPY to reverse its course. The benchmark 10-year US T-bond yield is currently down 3.54% on the day at 1.682% and the US Dollar Index is losing 0.35% at 92.90.

Meanwhile, the upbeat market mood, as reflected by the impressive performance of Wall Street’s main indexes, is putting additional weight on the USD’s shoulders. Currently, the S&P 500 Index is trading at a fresh all-time high of 4,012, rising nearly 1% on the day.

Earlier in the day, the data from the US showed that the ISM Manufacturing PMI in March improved to its best level since 1983 at 64.7. This reading beat the market expectation of 61.3 and provided a boost to risk sentiment. On a negative note, the weekly Initial Jobless Claims rose to 719K in the week ending March 27 but the previous print got revised down to 658,000 from 685,000.

There won’t be any macroeconomic data releases from Japan on Friday. Later in the day, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Nonfarm Payrolls (NFP) report for March will be featured in the US economic docket. However, the trading action is likely to remain subdued due to the Easter holiday.

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