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By Ambar Warrick
May 29 Asian currencies paled against a stronger
U.S. dollar on Monday, with markets little fazed by a ballistic
missile test by North Korea, but trading was subdued as key
financial markets were closed.
The dollar index was up about 0.03 percent against a
basket of currencies, extending Friday's rally when it hit a
one-week high on positively revised U.S. gross domestic product
The U.S. economy slowed less than initially thought in the
first quarter, with gross domestic product increasing at a 1.2
percent annual rate, the Commerce Department said on Friday in
its second GDP estimate for the quarter.
"We can see some declines in other currencies, which is
possibly due to a firm dollar index after last Friday," said Gao
Qi, an FX Strategist at Scotiabank.
Earlier in the session, North Korea fired about one
short-range ballistic missile that landed in the sea off its
east coast, the latest following two successful tests of
medium-to long range missiles in defiance of world pressure and
threats of more sanctions.
"I think the impact from the launch is muted, quite
limited," Gao Qi added. "You can see that the Korean won
Investors are also awaiting China's official factory
activity data, due on Wednesday, which is expected to show the
slowest pace of growth in eight months, according to a poll by
Analysts expect China's overall economic growth to slow
gradually over the rest of the year, as authorities tighten
regulations to deter riskier lending and as the impact of
earlier stimulus measures begins to fade.
The Singapore dollar was down about 0.2 percent
against the dollar, its biggest percentage loss in nearly a
It had gained about 0.4 percent in the previous session
after data showed the island state's manufacturing output in
April rose 6.7 percent from a year earlier.
The Thai baht fell as much as 0.27 percent in its
biggest percentage loss in nearly 3 weeks. The currency rallied
about 0.6 percent on Friday.
The yuan and the Taiwan Dollar did not
trade on account of domestic holidays.
The Korean won rose as much as 0.2 percent on
Monday after having added about 0.6 percent last week on the
back of strong inflows.
South Korean shares rallied for a seventh day to
mark another intraday record, tracking Wall Street's performance
U.S. markets were closed for a public holiday.
While Korean assets are being underpinned by continued
inflows, analysts believe month-end dollar selling is helping
the won rebound, albeit slightly.
CURRENCIES VS U.S. DOLLAR
Change on the day at 0553 GMT
Currency Latest bid Previous day Pct
Japan yen 111.300 111.31 +0.01
Sing dlr 1.384 1.3815 -0.21
Korean won 1120.400 1120.7 +0.03
Baht 34.083 34.018 -0.19
Peso 49.770 49.75 -0.04
Rupiah 13313.000 13294 -0.14
Rupee 64.570 64.44 -0.20
Ringgit 4.267 4.267 +0.00
Change so far
Currency Latest bid End 2016 Pct
Japan yen 111.300 117.07 +5.18
Sing dlr 1.384 1.4490 +4.67
Korean won 1120.400 1207.70 +7.79
Baht 34.083 35.80 +5.04
Peso 49.770 49.72 -0.10
Rupiah 13313.000 13470 +1.18
Rupee 64.570 67.92 +5.19
Ringgit 4.267 4.4845 +5.10
(Reporting by Ambar Warrick in Bengaluru; Editing by Kim