The dollar continued to hover around a 15-year low versus the yen but eked out gains versus the euro Tuesday morning in New York, as traders returned to their desks following the Labor Day weekend.
Stocks rose on Friday after better-than-expected jobs data, but momentum has not carried over into this week. Stocks are down around the world this morning amid renewed fears about the European banking system.
The dollar was again testing its worst levels since 1995 versus the yen, slipping to 83.80 in very early dealing. Two weeks ago, the dollar hit a 15-year low of 83.58.
The Bank of Japan maintained its key interest rate at near-zero at the end of its two-day policy meeting on Tuesday. It also promised to take more policy actions if judged necessary to kick start the deflation-ravaged economy.
Still, the markets have considered the BoJ's recent moves far too tepid to either bolster the economy or stop the yen from rising further.
Germany's factory orders declined 2.2% in July from the prior month, the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology said on Tuesday. Economists were expecting factory orders to rise 0.5%.
The dollar rose to 1.2750 versus the euro, up a penny from Monday morning. The pair has been unable to sustain any direction for the past month.
The buck bounced back and forth near 1.5360 versus the sterling, having edged higher over the past few weeks.
News are provided by InstaForex.