China’s yuan strengthened as the central bank raised the currency’s fixing for the first time in seven days before U.S. lawmakers resume budget negotiations.
The People’s Bank of China bolstered the reference rate by 0.08 percent, the most since Nov. 12, to 6.2896 per dollar. U.S. President Barack Obama plans to meet with Democratic and Republican congressional leaders at the White House today in an attempt to avert at least $600 billion in spending cuts and tax increases that take effect in January. The Shanghai Composite (SHCOMP) of shares rose 0.1 percent today, taking its advance this month to 11.5 percent, the most since October 2010.
“The trade and investment demand for yuan and Chinese assets has steadily increased, providing support to the currency,” said Bruce Yam, a currency strategist at Sun Hung Kai Financial Ltd. in Hong Kong. “No politician could afford to derail a recovery in the world’s largest economy, so risk appetite has improved on hopes that it’ll be solved.”
The yuan rose 0.04 percent to 6.2336 per dollar as of 10:27 a.m. in Shanghai, according to the China Foreign Exchange Trade System. The spot is allowed to trade as much as 1 percent on either side of the fixing. The currency fell 0.06 percent this week, paring this year’s gain to 0.97 percent.
One-month implied volatility, a measure of expected moves in exchange rates used to price options, was unchanged at 1.8 percent today and has declined 93 basis points, or 0.93 percentage point, this year.
The People’s Bank of China issued rules allowing companies in the Qianhai district in Shenzhen to borrow yuan from banks in Hong Kong, according to a statement yesterday.
In Hong Kong’s offshore market, the yuan was steady at 6.2288 per dollar, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Twelve-month non-deliverable forwards strengthened 0.05 percent to 6.3315 per dollar, a 1.5 percent discount to the onshore spot rate.
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