Tuesday during early European deals, the yen plummeted to fresh multi-week lows against the currencies of Australia, New Zealand and Europe as a rise in European stocks reduced demand for the safe-haven Japanese currency.
Meanwhile, the yen plunged to a 12-day low against the Canadian dollar.
European stocks soared in early deals on strong results from UBS and Deutsche Bank. Germany's DAX rose 0.3% in early deals, France's CAC 40 index climbed 0.75% and U.K.'s FTSE 10 index gained 0.6%.
However, Tokyo stocks ended almost flat today as the market awaited a series of earnings reports from Japanese companies this week.
After drifting in and out of negative territory, the 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average finished 6.81 points, or 0.07 percent, lower from Monday at 9,496.85.
Swiss banking giant UBS AG reversed to a profit in its second quarter, helped by excellent performance of its Investment Bank business. The segment also benefited by a gain on its own debt. At the same time, the company noted that withdrawals from its wealth management business slowed.
UBS said that it made a profit of CHF 2.005 billion or US$1.911 billion compared to a loss of CHF 1.402 billion in the year-ago period, although it trailed the previous quarter's profit of CHF 2.202 billion.
German financial services firm Deutsche Bank reported a higher profit for the second quarter, helped by a sharp decline in provision for credit losses and strong revenue growth in its Global Transaction Banking and Asset Management businesses.
Net income attributable to Deutsche Bank shareholders was EUR 1.16 billion, or about US$1.51 billion, compared with EUR 1.09 billion in the prior-year quarter. Earnings per share were EUR 1.75 versus EUR 1.64 a year earlier.
An encouraging German GfK consumer confidence report released today also lifted investors sentiment.
German consumer climate is set to improve in August, as employment prospects brightened, results of a key survey showed. The consumer confidence index logged 3.9 for August, up from a revised 3.6 in July, a monthly survey from GfK Group showed. That was in contrast to an expected fall to 3.5.
The yen declined against the Australian dollar during early European session on Tuesday. As of now, the yen is trading near a 5-week low of 79.11 against the aussie, compared to 78.46 hit late New York Monday. On the downside, 80.9 is seen as the next target level for the Japanese currency.
During early European deals on Tuesday, the yen slipped against the New Zealand dollar. The kiwi-yen pair that closed yesterday's trading at 63.79 is now worth 64.25. This set the lowest level for the yen since June 23. If the yen weakens further, it may likely target the 65.4 level.
The yen plunged against the Canadian dollar in early European deals on Tuesday. As of now, the yen is trading at a 12-day low of 84.96 against the loonie and the next downside target level for the yen is seen at 86.5. At yesterday's close, the loonie-yen pair was quoted at 84.22.
At 4:35 am ET Tuesday, the yen slumped to near an 8-week low of 113.73 against the euro. At present, the yen is worth 113.65 against the euro with 114.2 seen as the next downside target level. The euro-yen pair closed yesterday's trading at 112.90.
The yen declined against the currencies of US and UK during early European deals on Tuesday. Currently, the yen is worth 135.20 against the pound and 87.40 against the dollar, compared to yesterday's close of 134.59 and 86.88, respectively. If the yen drops further, it may likely target 87.7 against the dollar and 135.6 against the pound.
Looking ahead, the U.S. consumer confidence for July and the S&P/Case-Shiller home price index for May have been slated for release in the New York morning.
News are provided by InstaForex.