EUR/JPY Retreats Further From Multi-Year Peak, Drops To 155.00 On Dismal Eurozone PMIs

The EUR/JPY cross comes under intense selling pressure on Friday and snaps a two-day winning streak to its highest level since September 2008, around the 157.00 neighborhood touched the previous day. The intraday downward trajectory picks up pace during the early European session and drags spot prices to a fresh daily low, around the 155.00 psychological mark in the last hour.

The shared currency takes a hit following the somewhat disappointing release of Eurozone PMI prints, which, in turn, is seen as a critical factor behind the latest leg of a sudden drop for the EUR/JPY cross. S&P Global’s preliminary report pointed to a sharp slowdown in business activity in France and Germany – the eurozone’s two largest economies. This comes from worries about economic headwinds stemming from rapidly rising borrowing costs, which, to a larger extent, offsets the European Central Bank’s hawkish outlook and does little to impress the Euro bulls.

On the other hand, the Japanese Yen (JPY) attracts some haven flows in the wake of the prevalent risk-off environment and is further underpinned by stronger domestic inflation data released earlier this Friday. Japan’s Nationwide Core Consumer Price Index (CPI), which excludes fresh food but includes energy items, eased from 3.4% to 3.2% in May, surpassing market estimates. Furthermore, the gauge excluding fuel costs rose at the fastest annual pace in 42 years, highlighting that the underlying inflation remained heated and put pressure on the Bank of Japan (BoJ).

The Japanese central bank, however, recently reiterated that it has no plans to alter its ultra-loose policy. This marks a bid divergence compared to a more hawkish stance adopted by other major central banks, which might continue to undermine the JPY and help limit losses for the EUR/JPY cross. This, in turn, suggests that the ongoing corrective pullback is solely led by some long-unwinding heading into the weekend. Nevertheless, spot prices now seem to have erased most weekly gains. That said, any subsequent fall is likely to attract fresh buyers and remain limited.

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