November 11, 2019 / 6:35 AM / a month ago

EM ASIA FX-S. Korean won leads losses on Sino-U.S. trade deal doubts

    * Chinese yuan slips, producer prices fall most in over 3
    * Malaysian ringgit eases, factory output growth below
    * Indonesian cenbank says policy instruments set to support

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    By Niyati Shetty
    Nov 11 (Reuters) - Most Asian currencies softened on Monday,
with the South Korean won leading regional declines, as mixed
signals about the U.S.-China tariff rollback dampened risk
    The won, the worst performing currency in the
region this year, weakened as much as 0.4% against the dollar
during the session.
    South Korea's economy is highly sensitive to developments in
the protracted trade war between the United States and China,
given its reliance on tech exports. 
    U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday that he has not
agreed to rolling backs the U.S. tariffs sought by China,
contradicting earlier reports of officials confirming the
    Adding to the uncertainties, Trump over the weekend said
talks with China were moving along "very nicely", but the United
States would only make a deal if it was the right deal for
    "We remain stuck to parsing the Sino-U.S. trade headlines
for short-term directional cues," OCBC said in a note, adding
that "the bar for positive surprises on the Sino-U.S. trade
front may be getting higher and higher."     
    China's yuan was marginally weaker as factory
gate prices in the country fell the most in more than three
years in October, signalling continued weakness in the
manufacturing sector amid falling demand.
    While weak producer price inflation could reinforce the case
for further policy stimulus by China's central bank,
accelerating consumer inflation could reduce expectations of
aggressive easing.
    The Malaysian ringgit slipped 0.2% as government data
showed industrial production in the country grew at a
slower-than-expected pace. 
    Meanwhile, the Indonesian rupiah weakened marginally
to 14,040 per dollar. 
    Bank Indonesia, earlier in the day, said all the central
bank's policy instruments were set to support economic growth by
maintaining price inflation and foreign exchange stability. 
    The central bank sees the currency trading at an average of
14,000 to 14,400 per dollar this year and around 13,900 to
14,300 in 2020. 
    The Philippine peso, the Singapore dollar and
the Indian rupee faltered slightly. 
    The rupee on Friday eased 0.5% after Moody's cut its outlook
on the country citing increasing risks that growth in Asia's
third-largest economy will remain lower than in the
    The following table shows rates for Asian currencies against
the dollar at 0559 GMT.
 Currency               Latest bid  Previous day  Pct Move
 Japan yen              109.010     109.27        +0.24
 Sing dlr               1.361       1.3589        -0.14
 Taiwan dlr             30.415      30.412        -0.01
 Korean won             1161.000    1157.5        -0.30
 Baht                   30.330      30.37         +0.13
 Peso                   50.650      50.56         -0.18
 Rupiah                 14040.000   14010         -0.21
 Rupee                  71.358      71.29         -0.09
 Ringgit                4.140       4.131         -0.22
 Yuan                   7.000       6.9954        -0.06
 Change so far in 2019                            
 Currency               Latest bid  End 2018      Pct Move
 Japan yen              109.010     109.56        +0.50
 Sing dlr               1.361       1.3627        +0.14
 Taiwan dlr             30.415      30.733        +1.05
 Korean won             1161.000    1115.70       -3.90
 Baht                   30.330      32.55         +7.32
 Peso                   50.650      52.47         +3.59
 Rupiah                 14040.000   14375         +2.39
 Rupee                  71.358      69.77         -2.22
 Ringgit                4.140       4.1300        -0.24
 Yuan                   7.000       6.8730        -1.81

 (Reporting by Niyati Shetty in Bengaluru; Editing by Jacqueline
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