January 13, 2017 / 8:01 AM / 6 months ago

EM ASIA FX-Asia FX slip as dollar steadies, but most set for weekly gains

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* Most Asian currencies on track for weekly gains
    * Reuters poll shows decline in bearish bets vs Asia FX

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    SINGAPORE, Jan 13 (Reuters) - Most Asian currencies slipped
on Friday but were on track to post weekly gains, after U.S.
President-elect Donald Trump's news conference this week offered
little clarity on his fiscal policy plans and dented the dollar.
    The Philippine peso slipped 0.3 percent on the
day, weighed down by falls in Philippine shares. The Indonesian
rupiah and Indian rupee eased 0.2 percent.
    A bigger-than-expected drop in China's exports in December
weighed on Asian currencies, although the Chinese trade data
also contained some encouraging signs, with imports rising
slightly more than expected. 
    Traders seem to be looking to buy the dollar on dips, said
Stephen Innes senior trader for FX broker OANDA in Singapore.
    "The Trump reflation trade is springing a leak, but I don't
think it's over," Innes said.
    Against a basket of six major currencies, the dollar stood
at 101.27, having pulled up from Thursday's five-week low
of 100.72.
    Dollar bulls had been disappointed by Trump's news
conference on Wednesday that offered no details on his plans for
infrastructure spending and tax cuts.
    "There's a bit of doubt on whether markets have been overly
optimistic in pricing in the impact of fiscal stimulus and tax
cuts, and now there's an ongoing reassessment," said Chang Wei
Liang, FX strategist for Mizuho Bank in Singapore.
    Asian currencies, however, will probably come under pressure
going into February and March, given the risk of a rise in U.S.
trade protectionism under the Trump Administration, Chang said.
        
    MARKET POSITIONING
    A Reuters poll published on Thursday showed that sentiment
towards most emerging Asian currencies improved in recent weeks,
with bearish bets against China's yuan falling to the lowest in
three months after Beijing clamped down on capital outflows and
speculators. 

    CURRENCIES VS U.S. DOLLAR   
  Change on the day at   0746 GMT                         
  Currency                 Latest bid   Previous  Pct Move
                                             day  
  Japan yen                    114.62     114.75     +0.11
  Sing dlr                     1.4272     1.4272     +0.00
  Taiwan dlr                   31.585     31.780     +0.62
  Korean won                  1172.21    1184.70     +1.07
  Baht                          35.40      35.37     -0.08
  Peso                         49.620     49.480     -0.28
  Rupiah                        13310      13285     -0.19
  Rupee                         68.23      68.08     -0.22
  Ringgit                      4.4610     4.4560     -0.11
  Yuan                         6.8923     6.8901     -0.03
                                                          
  Change so far                                           
 in 2017                                          
  Currency                 Latest bid   End prev  Pct Move
                                            year  
  Japan yen                    114.62     117.07     +2.14
  Sing dlr                     1.4272     1.4490     +1.53
  Taiwan dlr                   31.585     32.279     +2.20
  Korean won                  1172.21    1207.70     +3.03
  Baht                          35.40      35.80     +1.14
  Peso                          49.62      49.72     +0.20
  Rupiah                        13310      13470     +1.20
  Rupee                         68.23      67.92     -0.45
  Ringgit                      4.4610     4.4845     +0.53
  Yuan                         6.8923     6.9467     +0.79
 

 (Reporting by Masayuki Kitano; Additional reporting by IFR
Markets' Catherine Tan; Editing by Jacqueline Wong)

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