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Yen Ignores Upbeat PPI as Brexit Worries Drive Price Action

Yen Ignores Upbeat PPI as Brexit Worries Drive Price Action

Christian Lewis, Contributor


Talking Points:

  • Better-than-expected Japanese PPI did not spur a response from the Yen
  • PPI rose 0.6% m/m vs. 0.4% expected, the largest gain since May 2014
  • Anti-risk flows seem to be in charge as “hard Brexit” fears grip markets

The Japanese Yen showed a mild reaction as PPI rose 0.6 percent month-on-month in December versus 0.4 percent expected and 0.4 percent month-on-month recorded in November. This figure not only beat economists’ expectations, it also marked the largest jump for Japan PPI since May 2014. The on-year wholesale deflation rate fell to -1.2 percent, the lowest since March 2015.

The Yen was looking elsewhere as the data crossed the wires, rising alongside the likewise anti-risk US Dollar as “hard Brexit” fears weighed on market-wide sentiment. In broader terms, the implications of this data on monetary policy are likely limited, with the BOJ seemingly steadfast in its dovish posture.

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