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    Commonwealth Bank's Elias Haddad expects the yen to continue strengthening as the trade balance widens further.

  • Japan's jawboning on the yen and expectations for more BOJ easing are unlikely to weaken the currency for long, a JPMorgan Private Bank forex boss said.

  • *Dollar/yen falls on Japan trade data, weaker Nikkei. TOKYO/ SYDNEY, May 23- The dollar fell versus the yen on Monday, dragged lower by sliding Tokyo stocks and data showing Japan logged a much larger-than-expected trade surplus in April. Japan logged a trade surplus for the third consecutive month.

  • Currencies

    Online Trading Academy's Brandon Wendell warns that the yen could be set to weaken because of the potential Fed rate increase in June.

  • The strong yen came from domestic exporters repatriating overseas earnings, says Ben Sy from JPMorgan Private Bank.

  • Japanese yen

    Even as interest rates go down, investors still view the yen as a hard currency, explains Richard Harris from Port Shelter Investment Management.

  • BOJ

    Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda tells CNBC the central bank will ease policy only if the 2% inflation rate is under threat.

  • *Dollar hits 110.58 yen, highest in over 3 wks. The dollar hit 110.58 yen, its highest level against the Japanese currency since April 28. "The majority of the move is the aftermath of the FOMC minutes," said Alfonso Esparza, senior currency strategist at Oanda in Toronto.

  • SENDAI, Japan, May 20- Japan and the United States remained at loggerheads over exchange-rate policy on Friday with Washington saying yen moves continued to be "orderly," signaling that Tokyo has no justification to intervene in the market to stem yen gains. "In line with previous commitments by G7 and G20, I said stability in exchange rates is extremely important...

  • *Robust UK retail sales data bolster sterling. SYDNEY/ TOKYO, May 20- The dollar held at its highest in nearly two months against a basket of major currencies early on Friday, on track for a third week of gains as investors awaken to the risk of a hike in U.S. interest rates as early as next month. New York Federal Reserve President William Dudley on Thursday said the U.S....

  • NEW YORK, May 19- The U.S. dollar rose slightly against the euro and Swiss franc on Thursday after the president of the New York Federal Reserve said the central bank was on track for a rate hike in June or July, but the greenback slipped against the safe-haven yen on risk aversion. The euro was last down 0.11 percent against the dollar at $1.1204 after the comment from...

  • *Officials don't see serious harm from current yen levels. TOKYO, May 19- Publicly, Japanese policymakers have railed against the yen's rapid appreciation to 18- month highs, putting investors on high alert against possible intervention in currency markets. International differences over currencies could be a focus at a meeting of Group of Seven finance...

  • TOKYO/ SINGAPORE, May 19- The dollar stood tall and set a three-week high against the yen on Thursday, after the minutes of the U.S. The dollar rose to 110.27 yen at one point, its strongest since April 28, marking a gain of nearly 4.5 percent from an 18- month low of 105.55 yen in early May. A number of major Japanese exporters have set their dollar/yen exchange rate...

  • TOKYO, May 19- The dollar stood tall in early Asian trading on Thursday, after racing to multi-week highs when the minutes of the U.S. The dollar soared as high as 110.25 yen overnight, its strongest since April 28, the last time it traded above 110. The euro fetched $1.12220, up 0.1 percent, after falling as low as $1.12145 on Wednesday, its weakest since March 29.

  • LONDON, May 18- For world markets, the main focus at this week's Group of Seven meeting in Japan will be how much leeway the host nation is given to boost economic growth and inflation, specifically through depreciation of the yen. Japan's economy is struggling in the face of a stronger exchange rate that has damaged growth, intensified deflation, crushed stock...

  • Japan avoids recession... for now

    CNBC's Sri Jegarajah reports Japan's first quarter GDP grows faster than expected.

  • *Japan's Nikkei closes flat as yen weakens after GDP data. LONDON, May 18- Stock markets in Europe and Asia weakened on Wednesday in the wake of accelerating U.S. inflation and comments from Federal Reserve officials that rekindled prospects of an interest rate rise within months. Hong Kong shares fell by 1.5 percent and Europe's major markets by up to half a...

  • Change direction

    Goldman Sachs has downgraded its outlook on equities to "neutral" over the next 12 months, saying there's no particular reason to own them.

  • TOKYO, May 18- Japanese stocks ended the day flat on Wednesday after the yen see-sawed against the U.S. dollar, rising and falling in strength as investors digested Japan's stronger-than-expected GDP data and U.S. inflation. The yen gained on the dollar early in the morning session after expectations for further stimulus were hit by data showing Japan's...

  • *Japan economy expands more than expected, dodges recession. TOKYO, May 18- The yen firmed against the dollar on Wednesday after data showed Japan's economy unexpectedly expanded at the fastest pace in a year in the first quarter, but later gave up most of its gains on views that more stimulus is needed to keep growth on track. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga...