China stocks led losses in Asian markets on Tuesday, after a preliminary survey of factory managers showed factory activity slowing in April, renewing fears of a slowdown in the world's second largest economy.
In just under two weeks, this major currency has tumbled more than three percent. No, it's not the battered Japanese yen or beleaguered British pound.
The yen, which has been falling for five months, is within striking distance of the psychological 100-level against the dollar. So what could trigger a break through the key barrier?
The yen hovered near the key level of 100 to the dollar on Monday after major industrialized nations gave their stamp of approval to a massive Japanese easing program.
Gold may have seen its low price for now, amid signs of consumer and hedge fund interest in the precious metal, analysts say.
Gold rose to settle about $1,421 per ounce, supported by strong physical buying after last week hitting a two-year low, but investors reduced holdings of bullion in the top exchange-traded fund to the lowest in nearly three years.
U.S. government debt prices were flat on Monday in advance of this week's $99 billion in coupon-bearing supply.
Oil futures rose above $100 a barrel on Monday, extending the two previous sessions' gains as prices drew buyers back into the market following sharp drops earlier in the month.
The recent fall in gold prices reflects a loss of faith in quantitative easing measures by central banks in the West, says one strategist.
Japan's Nikkei hit its highest level in almost five years on Monday as the yen weakened to within striking distance of the key 100-level against the greenback, while other Asian stock markets rose after world equity markets rebounded last week from a sharp sell-off.
The yen weakened to within striking distance of the 100-level against the U.S. dollar on Monday, yet breaking that key psychological barrier is proving to be hard.
A greater-than-usual number of companies have reported disappointing revenue results and tepid guidance this quarter, leading strategists to expect a more volatile time for stocks.
It's make-or-break time for the first-quarter earnings season, and it comes just as the stock market is showing signs of strain.
The U.S. dollar and euro rallied 1.5 percent versus the yen on Friday after Japan said the Group of 20 countries did not oppose its aggressive monetary easing.
U.S. Treasurys prices edged down on Friday after a two-day rally left yields near four-month lows and investors turned to battered stocks.
Brent crude oil prices hovered above $99 a barrel on Friday after surpassing $100 earlier in the session and recovering some ground.
Gold rebounded to settle at $1,395 an ounce as strong buying of coins and bars continued, primarily in Asia, but prices were still on course for a fourth week of losses after a brutal sell-off.
Asian stocks reversed earlier losses on Friday led by a 2 percent rally in Shanghai as investors cheered news that the yuan's trading band may be widened, which offset bearish sentiment triggered by weak U.S economic data.
The euro edged higher against the dollar as more signals of a weakening U.S. economic recovery lifted it from its biggest daily drop in 10 months in the previous session.
Brent crude oil jumped by more than a dollar to trade above $99 a barrel, snapping a six-session losing streak, with dealers saying it looked oversold after losing 10 percent this month.
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