US dollar rises in Asia on China yuan devaluation
Asia- Pacific currencies came under pressure on Tuesday after mainland China unexpectedly devalued its yuan currency in the face of weakening growth, driving the dollar higher.
China’s central bank announced a near 2-percent drop in the value of its yuan against the U.S. dollar, the biggest fall since the currency was unpegged from the greenback in 2005.
The People’s Bank of China set its daily reference rate for the yuan at 6.2298 to US$1, compared with 6.1162 yuan the previous day, effectively 1.86 percent lower.
The surprise move sent ripples through Asia’s currency markets, sending the Australian dollar — often seen as a proxy for the yuan — tumbling 0.90 percent to 73.47 U.S. cents.
The U. S. dollar also gained against the South Korean won and Indian rupee, and traded at 124.89 yen, up from 124.72 in New York.
The euro dipped after news that Greece has reached an agreement with its creditors on fiscal targets, leaving it on course for a bailout deal to avert an Aug. 20 default.
The single currency changed hands at US$1.0970 and 136.91 yen against US$1.1019 and 137.31 yen.
The U.S. dollar fell overnight in New York against the euro as U.S. Federal Reserve officials gave fresh clues about the timing of the central bank’s rate hike.
After last Friday’s solid U.S. jobs report for July, many analysts saw support for the Fed to raise its zerolevel benchmark federal funds rate in September.
But Fed Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer tempered expectations on Monday when he said low inflation remains a concern for the world’s biggest economy.
In other trading, the dollar rose to SG$1.3999 from SG$1.3847 on Monday, to 64.16 Indian rupees from 63.76 rupees, to 13,591 Indonesian rupiah from 13,540.50 rupiah, and to 35.35 Thai baht from 35.12 baht.
The U.S. dollar also gained to 45.95 Philippine pesos from 45.73 pesos, and to 1,178.94 South Korean won from 1,163.13 won.
The Chinese yuan fetched 19.75 yen against 20.01 yen.