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Asian currencies get lift from tempered Fed rate view

point penting:
  • Asian FX broadly higher
  • Philippine peso notches firmest level since Aug. 5
  • China's economy, key U.S. economic data in focus

Most Asian emerging currencies advanced on Friday as the dollar retreated on expectations of slower interest rate hikes by the U.S. Federal Reserve, with Thailand's baht the outlier.

The South Korean won USDKRW rose 0.9% to lead gains among the region's currencies. The Singapore dollar USDSGD, Philippine peso USDPHP and Indonesian rupiah USDIDR appreciated 0.2% each. The Malaysian ringgit USDMYR traded flat.

The dollar index DXY, which measures the greenback against six counterparts, declined 0.3% to 104.52 and aided risk sentiment.

"The attempt for some breather to end the week could be at play, but mostly wait-and-see sentiments could prevail," Yeap Jun Rong, a market analyst at IG, said in a note.

"The lead-up to several key risk events next week may refrain market participants from taking on too much exposure," Rong said.

Markets are focused on U.S. producer price inflation figures later in the day and the country's consumer inflation data due next week for signs on the pace of the Fed's tightening cycle.

The policy-setting Federal Open Market Committee is a key event that will begin on Dec. 13.

China's Premier Li Keqiang was quoted by state media on Thursday saying that the implementation of anti-COVID adjustment measures will allow the country's economic growth to pick up pace.

Meanwhile, the baht USDTHB fell 0.3% to be the only outlier among Southeast Asian currencies. Equities in Bangkok SET were flat.

"Foreign investors have been taking profits from the Thai stock market so these foreign outflows could put some pressure on the baht," said Poon Panichpibool, a markets strategist at Krung Thai Bank.

Stock markets in Southeast Asia were broadly trading higher, with equities in Seoul KOSPI up 0.6% and stocks in Kuala Lumpur BURSA advancing 0.3%.

Equities in Singapore STI added 0.2%. Philippine's benchmark index PSEI rose 0.6% after a public holiday.

On the downside, stocks in Jakarta COMPOSITE dropped 1%.

HIGHLIGHTS:

** Indonesian 10-year benchmark yields fall 3.6 basis points to 6.917%

The following table shows rates for Asian currencies against the dollar at 0358 GMT.

COUNTRY

FX RIC

FX DAILY %

FX YTD %

INDEX

STOCKS DAILY %

STOCKS YTD %

Japan

USDJPY

+0.59

-15.29

NI225

1.23

-3.06

China

USDCNY

+0.10

-8.67

000001

0.08

-12.08

India

USDINR

+0.21

-9.63

NIFTY

0.29

7.54

Indonesia

USDIDR

+0.24

-8.55

COMPOSITE

-1.04

2.31

Malaysia

USDMYR

-0.02

-5.28

BURSA

0.29

-6.21

Philippines

USDPHP

+0.16

-7.73

PSEI

0.59

-7.84

S.Korea

USDKRW

+0.88

-9.01

KOSPI

0.64

-19.86

Singapore

USDSGD

+0.23

-0.08

STI

0.21

3.82

Taiwan

USDTWD

+0.18

-9.60

TAIEX

1.12

-19.23

Thailand

USDTHB

-0.32

-3.96

SET

0.04

-2.20

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