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Dollar moves at around ¥109 in late Tokyo trading

JIJI

The dollar cut earlier losses to move at around the ¥109 level in late Tokyo trading Monday.

At 5 p.m. the dollar was clocked at ¥108.93-93, down from ¥109.03-03 at the same time Friday. The euro was at $1.2403-2403, down from $1.2473-2473, and at ¥135.11-11, down from ¥136.01-01.

The dollar hovered at around ¥108.70 in early trading following a plunge overseas on Friday prompted by Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda’s remark that the central bank is “finally close” to its 2 percent inflation target.

“The remark triggered speculation that the BOJ would move to exit its massive easing policy,” a currency broker said.

After falling to around ¥108.50, however, the dollar recovered close to ¥109 by midmorning on buying by Japanese importers and repurchases amid a rise in U.S. long-term interest rates.

The greenback attracted renewed buying interest in late afternoon trading, briefly topping ¥109.

But traders grew cautious about active transactions ahead of U.S. President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address Tuesday, market sources said.