Dollar boosted as US Treasury yields hit seven-year high

Dollar boosted as US Treasury yields hit seven-year high

TOKYO,. The dollar stood tall today against its major peers, including the yen and euro, as investors evaluated the impact of a two-day global government bond rout that has lifted US Treasury yields to seven-year highs.

The yield on the benchmark 10-year US Treasury note hit its highest levels since May 2011 after private payrolls data came in stronger than forecast.

The private payroll numbers were seen as boosting the odds that official US jobs data for September due later in the day would also be stronger than expected.

The dollar rose 0.1 per cent to 114.04 yen after coming off an 11-month high of 114.55 yen reached during the previous session. A rise above 114.735 would take the greenback to its highest level since mid-March 2017.

The yen was helped by a Reuters report that the Bank of Japan will tolerate further increases in super-long yields as long as the increase does not push 10-year yields well above its zero per cent target.

“The dollar’s strength against the yen will become clear if the US employment figures come out strongly,” said Yukio Ishizuki, senior currency strategist at Daiwa Securities.

“I think it will put dollar/yen on course to test the 115 yen level during this month.”

Ishizuki added that he expected the dollar to strengthen against the euro, to the US$1.14 (RM4.73) level, just as the greenback gains on the yen.

The euro was not far off-six week lows against the dollar, trading basically unchanged at US$1.1515.

Yesterday, the common currency ended the day with a 0.55 per cent gain, paring some losses after slipping for six sessions in a row against the greenback.

The euro is down about 0.8 per cent against the dollar so far this month.

Euro zone government bond yields rose sharply yesterday after US economic data bolstered the case for interest rate hikes in the world’s largest economy and sent Treasury yields to multi-year peaks.

The dollar index, which measures the greenback against a basket of six currencies, was flat in Asia at 95.781.

The pound was steady at US$1.3021 following a gain of 0.6 per cent overnight, coming off a 3-1/2-week low of US$1.2925.

The Australian dollar, often viewed as a barometre of risk appetite, was basically flat at US$0.7078. The Aussie has slipped during the past three sessions, falling 1.9 per cent this month. — Reuters