News of the coronavirus variant who isn't resistant to current vaccines sent investors angry for the yen and the Swiss franc on Friday, while traders recovered and resorted to an extended rally in the U.S. dollar.
The sharpest increases for the yen-franc gains came at the expense of the Australian dollar and norvegian crown, as the fracking is more fragile after Thursday's Thanksgiving holiday.
Interestingly, the variant detected in South Africa has more to say than two years ago. Scientist say that the variant has an unusual combination of mutations that could help evade your immune responses and become more transmissible.
In a report from the American market group, Bipan Rai said that this is a new phase of the pandemic, but new lockdowns and restrictions are likely to be put in place, and it certainly feels like we'll need an additional vaccine," he told the news conference in Toronto.
The currency on its way through its best day since March 2020, was successful thanks to the yen bouncer, who bounced off five year lows this week against the greenback, and increased more than 1%, to a high of 113.66. The currency is on track to its best day since March 2020.
The euro increased 0.75% at an annual rate of $1.12297, though it fell to more than six years lows against the resurgent Swiss franc at 1.04335 francs per euro.
'This is a textbook flight to quality into yen and the Swiss franc on the new virus strain, with the thin liquidity also a factor which could accelerate the unwinding of short bond positions', says Kenneth Broux, a London strategist.
Speculative accounts were very short safe-haven assets, followed by U.S. CFTC figures showing net bearish positioning between $1.2 and $10.3 in the yen, respectively in the latest week.
The dollar index climbed to a 16-month high of 96.938 on Wednesday. It's got to bet that the Federal Reserve will begin raising its rates in mid-2022 and thwart stubbornly high inflation.
Rai said Friday's decline in the greenback was likely because of the recent gains of the currency, which led to the decline in the dollar's safe haven status, and a lack of change in dollars safe haven status.
The short-term move is mostly about extended positioning and closing those out, once that becomes more finely balanced and if it becomes a risk-off scenario, I'll see the dollar again again.
As for the jitters, Sterling briefly slipped under $1.3278 at a new low 2021, prompting some to scale back when it was a steep hike.
Today the currency exchange price went up at 9:39 (1439 GMT) at 09:39 (Day 11 a.m.
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