NEW YORK: The dollar dropped to a two-week low versus the yen on Tuesday on expectations the Federal Reserve will maintain its downbeat stance on the US economy as it grapples with the pandemic, and keep US interest rates near zero for some time.
The Fed begins a two-day meeting on Tuesday and analysts expect the US central bank to affirm its current zero-interest-rate policy over the next three years. In late morning trading, the dollar fell 0.3% against the yen to 105.42, after earlier sliding to a two-week low of 105.30 yen.
A break below 105.20 yen could pave the way for further technical selling, analysts said. The dollar index was slightly up on the day at 93.111, as the greenback recovered somewhat after the euro reversed earlier gains. The euro was last down 0.2% at $1.1844.
Earlier, the euro gained after the ZEW economic sentiment survey showed investor sentiment in Germany rose in September, despite headwinds from Brexit and rising coronavirus infections. The euro along with commodity-linked currencies such the Australian, New Zealand, and Canadian dollars gained after positive Chinese data overnight.
China's industrial output accelerated and retail sales grew for the first time this year, beating analysts' forecasts. That pushed the Chinese yuan to its highest since May 2019 against the dollar, which was last down 0.4% at 6.7808 yuan in the offshore market.