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The yen has stabilized, halting its recent strong gains. Today, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe urged the Bank of Japan to provide sufficient funds to satisfy market liquidity. He also instructed the Minister of Finance Aso to pay the utmost attention to movements in the currency and the financial markets.
Abe said that the uncertainty and risks in the financial markets persist and the government is ready to mobilize all available means of policies to support the Japanese economy.
Bank of Japan governor, Kuroda, in turn, said that Japanese banks do not have problems with funding in foreign currency and the Bank of Japan will be able to add funds to the market if necessary.
The volume of retail sales in Japan remained unchanged at the level of 0.0% in May. In annual terms, this figure fell to -1.9% from the previous value of -0.9%. Analysts expected a decline to -1.6%.
Retail sales in large stores in Japan also declined, reaching 2.2% in May after falling 0.7% in April
Pound traded near the low of June 24 as the market is concerned about the possible consequences of Brexit. Recall, the pound touched its lowest level since mid-1985 - $ 1.3119, having fallen by 11.5% compared to the closing level on June 23.
The euro has stabilized in a tight range, preparing the next sharp move. Yesterday ECB President Draghi in an interview with Bloomberg said that the UK decision to leave the EU could lead to a reduction in euro zone GDP growth of 0.5%. GDP growth will decline, at least for three years. Draghi also said that it is time to pay attention to the potential Brexit impact on the banking and could have a negative impact on the currency markets.
The Australian dollar generally traded around yesterday's high. Since the beginning of the session, the AUD/USD fell slightly against the background of negative data on new home sales in Australia. As it became known, new home sales in Australia declined in May to -4.4%, after declining in April at -4.7%.
Despite a slight improvement, sales of new homes continued to decline since the beginning of this year. Sales of detached houses fell by -6.7% and sales of apartment buildings rose by + 4.9%.
EUR / USD: during the Asian session, the pair traded in the $ 1.1045-60 range.
GBP / USD: traded in of $ 1.3285-1.3305 range.
USD / JPY: traded in Y101.15-25 range.
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