Investing.com - The dollar was up more than 1% against the yen
on Tuesday after Japan's Nikkei steadied following extreme
volatility in recent sessions, while expectations that the Federal
Reserve will soon taper its asset purchase program underpinned
demand for the dollar.
During European late morning trade, the dollar rallied against the
yen, with USD/JPY jumping 1.05% to 101.99.
Japanese equities rebounded on Tuesday after the Bank of Japan said
it would fine-tune market operations after recent volatility in
Japanese bond markets threatened to undermine the central bank's
massive easing program.
Demand for the dollar continued to be supported by expectations
that the U.S. central bank is moving closer to winding down its
USD85 billion-a-month asset purchase program.
Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke said last week that a decision to scale
back bond purchases could be taken in the "next few meetings"
depending on economic data.
Elsewhere, the euro was steady against the dollar, with EUR/USD
dipping 0.01% to 1.2928.
The dollar gained ground against the Swiss franc, with USD/CHF
climbing 0.47% to 0.9676.
The dollar was little changed against the pound, with GBP/USD
inching up 0.02% to 1.5105.
The greenback was mixed against its Australian, New Zealand and
Canadian counterparts, with AUD/USD rising 0.51% to 0.9680, NZD/USD
up 0.41% to 0.8113 and USD/CAD inching down 0.03% to trade at
The dollar index, which tracks the performance of the greenback
versus a basket of six other major currencies, was up 0.13% to
Investors were looking ahead to U.S. private sector data on house
price inflation and a report on consumer confidence later Tuesday.
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