Greenback hits two-week excessive on tensions over Ukraine By Reuters



© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: U.S. greenback notes are seen on this November 7, 2016 image illustration. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration


By Stefano Rebaudo

(Reuters) -The greenback rose on Monday together with the yen and the Swiss franc as buyers rushed into safe-haven property amid fears that Russia is making ready to invade Ukraine.

The transfer got here a day after the USA stated Russia might assault Ukraine at any time. Russia has denied having any such plans although a senior official stated it was prepared to fireside on overseas ships and submarines that illegally enter its waters.

The rose 0.4% to 96.351, its highest since Feb. 1, at 1133 GMT.

Euro-dollar one-month implied volatility was at 7.45%, the very best since November 2020, from beneath 6% on the finish of January.

The rouble was flat at 77.08 in opposition to the greenback, after tumbling to its lowest since Jan. 28 on Friday as buyers ditched Russian property.

“European dependency on Russian vitality makes the cyclical financial efficiency of the euro zone significantly susceptible in case of an escalation of the battle in Ukraine,” Commerzbank (DE:) analysts stated.

The euro was down 0.4% at $1.1301, its lowest degree since Feb. 3.

The euro weakened on Friday when a rush into safe-haven property overshadowed expectations for financial coverage tightening from the European Central Financial institution.

ECB president Christine Lagarde had additionally dampened among the bullish euro sentiment by reiterating that any coverage motion can be gradual.

The U.S. Federal Reserve will launch its January assembly minutes on Wednesday, however analysts stated central financial institution motion was unlikely to return to the highlight till the danger of an escalation over Ukraine recedes.

The push into safe-haven property has boosted the Japanese yen since Friday, whereas the Financial institution of Japan efficiently defended its key bond yield goal on Monday, holding the road on its ultra-loose financial coverage.

The yen strengthened 0.3% to 115.16 in opposition to the greenback, and 0.6% versus the euro.

“These two currencies (the U.S. greenback and the yen) – in addition to the Swiss franc – ought to stay bid till, and if, we get indications {that a} diplomatic answer is in sight,” ING analysts stated, including that “markets are adopting a wait-and-see strategy on geopolitics at the beginning of the brand new week.”

We “flag fairly vital draw back dangers for uncovered currencies – instantly the rouble and not directly all pro-cyclical currencies and particularly the European ones – ought to pressure escalate additional,” ING added.

The Swiss franc rose 0.5% in opposition to the euro to 1.0451, its highest since Feb. 3.

Riskier currencies resembling Australian and New Zealand {dollars} fell 0.6% and 0.9% respectively.

The Swedish crown fell 1% versus the buck to $9.4212, its lowest degree since January 28.

A divided central financial institution in Sweden saved coverage plans broadly unchanged on Thursday, pouring chilly water on expectations of financial tightening.

The Norwegian crown, which is delicate to grease costs, fell 0.8% in opposition to the greenback to eight.9511, its weakest degree because the finish of January, whereas futures steadied after hitting their highest since October 2014.

In cryptocurrencies, bitcoin was down 0.8% at round $42,220.


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