Yen weakens, paring sharp gains after suspected intervention

TOKYO (Reuters) – Daily Forex Signals The yen slid against the dollar on Thursday, reversing direction after a sudden surge overnight that traders and analysts were quick to attribute to intervention by Japanese authorities.

How can I make money fast in forex?The yen was 0.80% lower at 155.73 per dollar as of 0537 GMT, retracing about half of its late Wednesday surge from around 157.55 to exactly 153 over a period of about 30 minutes.

The sharp overnight move came in a quiet period for markets after Wall Street had closed, and hours after the U.S. Federal Reserve had wrapped up its policy meeting.

The dollar was already on the back foot as Fed Chair Jerome Powell confirmed the central bank’s easing bias, even as he reiterated that sticky inflation meant interest rate cuts may be a while in coming.

“It caught markets off guard because, obviously, it happened in the U.S. session and seemed to be timed with the FOMC to take advantage of a weaker dollar,” said Kyle Rodda, senior financial market analyst at in Melbourne.

“The ‘sneak attack’ element really is the MOF looking to punish speculators and send a warning about shorting the yen,’ he said, referring to the Japanese Ministry of Finance (MOF).

Japan’s vice finance minister for international affairs, Masato Kanda, who oversees currency policy at the MOF, told Reuters he had no comment on whether Japan had intervened in the market.

The dollar remains up more than 10% against the yen this year, as traders push back expectations on the timing of a first Fed rate cut, while the Bank of Japan has signalled it will go slow with further policy tightening after raising rates for the first time since 2007 in March.

Yen weakens, paring sharp gains after suspected intervention

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Yen weakens, paring sharp gains after suspected intervention