TOKYO, May 26- The yen surged on Thursday, taking some of the wind out of the sails of the recently buoyant dollar and prompting investors to cover positions against a backdrop of potential event risks, including a speech by Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen. The dollar earlier had stuck close to recent ranges, as investors looked for Yellen to provide clues on... » Read More
The dollar slipped against the yen Friday after President Bush and the head of the Federal Reserve both said they would not rescue speculators ailing from deteriorating lending conditions that could worsen.
The yen rose modestly Thursday, recovering from the previous day's sharp decline, as investors continued a longer-term trend of reducing risky bets in response to troubled credit markets.
The yen gained on Tuesday as investors, fearing tougher credit conditions will crimp global economic growth, bought the lower-yielding Japanese currency and sold riskier assets.
The dollar rose against the euro, but fell against the yen Monday, as investors attempted to minimize exposure to risky assets amid lingering fears of a global credit crisis.
The dollar fell against most major currencies Friday, despite strong U.S. economic data, as calmer credit markets sparked renewed interest in riskier overseas assets.
A surge in investors' appetite for higher-yielding currencies and assets pushed the yen towards its biggest daily and weekly losses against several currencies for years on Thursday.
The dollar extended losses against the euro on Wednesday after a news report about a bomb threat in upstate New York.
The yen held gains against the U.S. dollar and euro on Wednesday as investors kept shedding risky positions after a slide in a U.S. stock index gave a reminder that confidence in the credit market has yet to be restored.
The yen gained broadly Tuesday as jitters about global credit conditions led investors to shed risky assets funded by borrowing in the Japanese currency
The dollar inched higher against the euro Monday after a new report said that U.S. economic growth was set to pick up slightly despite misgivings about the housing market.
The dollar fell broadly Friday after the Federal Reserve slashed the interest rate it charges on loans to banks, and said economic growth could slow in light of tightening credit markets.
Keep an eye on big commercial banks like Citi, JP Morgan and Bank of America: They have extensive retail banking operations and are far more diversified and better at laying off risk (often to foreign banks) than the investment banks
The yen had its biggest one-day gain versus the dollar in almost nine years Thursday, as investors unwound risky trades financed with borrowed yen, on fears of a global funding crisis. The yen soared against all major currencies and hit its strongest level since November against the euro.
The dollar rose against the euro, and the yen rallied on Wednesday after investors cut exposure to carry trades as losses in the U.S. subprime mortgage market widened.
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