Forex - Japanese yen unchanged after industrial output weakens sharply

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Investing,com - The Japanese yen was unchanged after industrial production data came in weaker than expected on Wednesday.

Japan June industrial output fell 3.3%, below the 1.2% expected on month, and the first drop in two months.

USD/JPY was unchanged at 102.11, down 0.01%, after the data, while AUD/USD fell 0.04% to 0.9380.


Overnight, the dollar strengthened against most major currencies after a widely-watched gauge of U.S. consumer confidence beat expectations.

The Conference Board reported that its consumer confidence index rose to 90.9 in July from an upwardly revised 86.4 in June. It was the highest reading since October 2007, defying consensus forecasts for a decline to 85.3.

The data sent investors betting that the Federal Reserve on Wednesday will make fresh cuts to its monthly bond-buying program and deliver an upbeat take on the U.S. economy.

Fed asset purchases which have stimulated the economy off and on since the 2008 crisis coupled with low interest rates tend to weaken the dollar by sending investors to stocks, while talk of an end to such loose policies often bolsters the U.S. currency.

While markets expect the Fed to wrap up its bond-buying program this year-likely some time in or around October-uncertainty still persists as to how much time will pass after stimulus programs conclude and rate hikes begin, with data driving investor guesses on Fed timetables.

Hopes for a robust July jobs report due out on Friday also firmed the greenback.

Elsewhere in the U.S., investors took in stride the S&P/Case Shiller Home Price Index.

The 20-city composite index for May grew 9.3% year-over-year, down from April's 10.8% reading, though the 10-city index grew 9.4%, down from April's 10.9%, though markets have priced in slackness in the U.S. housing sector.

The US Dollar Index, which tracks the performance of the greenback versus a basket of six other major currencies, was down 0.02% at 81.30.

On Wednesday, the dollar will move on the Fed's statement on interest rates and monetary policy as well as revised second-quarter U.S. GDP growth data and also on the ADP report on private sector job creation.

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