The dollar has broken out of the 100-110 yen trading range after having stayed in a holding pattern for several weeks amid concern over political uncertainty in Japan and the United States.

To market participants’ extreme surprise, the dollar hit a nine-month high of 111.47 yen briefly before settling at 111.00-95 yen Monday in Tokyo. Until quite recently, there was a virtual consensus that the dollar would run into strong resistance if it neared 111 yen.

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