The yen fell to a six-month low versus the dollar after reports showed manufacturing in China, Europe and the U.K. expanded last month, driving demand for risk and underscoring Japan’s currency’s role in the carry trade.
The yen strengthened versus most of its 16 major peers as a private report showing Chinese manufacturing contracted more than economists estimated last month spurred demand for safer assets.
The yen declined the most in seven weeks versus the dollar as Russian President Vladimir Putin said there’s no immediate need to send troops to Ukraine, damping demand for safer assets.
Canada’s dollar fell the most in two weeks against its U.S. counterpart as stocks and crude oil dropped amid concern Europe’s sovereign-debt crisis may worsen.
"Everything is pointing to further weakening."
- Fabian Eliasson on Nov 19, 2014