The US dollar weakened further in Asian trading on Tuesday, falling to a fresh 18-month low against the yen, breaking below the 106 yen level.
The US dollar index, a measure of the US currency against a basket of global peers, was down 0.1 per cent this morning, hovering around a 16-month low of 92.518. It was on pace for a seventh straight session of declines, the longest since a seven-day drop in April last year.
The euro also responded to the downward move for the dollar, rising through $1.15 for the first time since August to reach $1.1540.
The price of gold surpassed $1,300 an ounce for the first time since January 2015, and was up 0.2 per cent at $1,294.17 in Asia.
The Australian dollar had a roller coaster session. Against the US dollar, the aussie rose as much as 0.6 per cent to US$0.7710 ahead of the Reserve Bank of Australia’s monetary policy decision, and was also supported by data showing Australian building approvals contracted by a slower-than-expected annual pace in March.
However, the aussie tumbled 1 percent on the news that the RBA cut its benchmark rate by 0.25 basis points to 1.75%. AUDUSD dropped to $0.7554.
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