The yen fell versus all of its most-traded counterparts, paring a monthly advance, after the Bank of Japan (8301) added monetary stimulus for a second time in three months.
The yen dropped against the dollar and euro after BOJ officials increased the bank’s asset-purchase fund by 10 trillion yen ($123 billion) to 40 trillion yen, according to a statement released in Tokyo today. The euro weakened versus most of its major peers this month after Standard & Poor’s cut Spain’s sovereign debt rating, adding to concern the region’s financial woes are spreading.
“The BOJ’s easing stance is fairly aggressive,” said Kengo Suzuki, a foreign-exchange strategist in Tokyo at Mizuho Securities Co., a unit of Japan’s third-largest bank by market value. “The yen is being sold in a knee-jerk reaction.”
The yen lost 0.4 percent to 81.31 per dollar at 1:03 p.m. in Tokyo. It declined 0.3 percent to 107.36 per euro. The 17- nation currency fell 0.1 percent to $1.3201.
All 14 economists in a Bloomberg News survey predicted additional easing with most expecting an increase in asset buying ranging from 5 trillion yen to 10 trillion yen.
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