Offshore Yuan Smashing Support Level Leaves Record Low in Sight

© Reuters. Offshore Yuan Smashing Support Level Leaves Record Low in Sight

(Bloomberg) — The is moving closer toward a record low after breaking through a key level late Thursday.

The currency slid as much as 0.4% overnight, weakening rapidly past the 6.92 per dollar level it had held below for the previous three days. It was trading at 6.9260 at 10:29 a.m. in Shanghai. The yuan’s low of 6.9895 was reached in January 2017.

A stronger dollar and the Trump administration’s threat to blacklist Huawei Technologies Co. from buying essential components are renewing pressure on the yuan, and widening its discount to the onshore exchange rate. The offshore currency has tumbled about 2.7% this month, making it one of the world’s worst performers.

Traders are now watching closely to see if it will slide to as low as 7 a dollar.

“Markets continue to fret about the impact of the escalation in trade tensions,” said Mitul Kotecha, a senior emerging-markets strategist at Toronto Dominion Bank. “Both the U.S. and Chinese sides appear to be digging in their heels, suggesting little chance of any resolution soon. I think 7 will be broken unless there is any progress on a deal.”

The authorities may intervene to prop up the currency if it reaches the 6.98-6.99 level, according to Ken Cheung, senior Asian FX strategist at Mizuho Bank Ltd.

It’s not just dollar-driven weakness. The yuan also fell for a 13th day against a basket of trading partners’ currency on Friday, the longest losing streak on record. The fell 0.24% to 6.9005 a dollar.

To contact Bloomberg News staff for this story: Claire Che in Beijing at;Livia Yap in Singapore at

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Richard Frost at, Magdalene Fung, Philip Glamann

©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

Disclaimer: Fusion Media would like to remind you that the data contained in this website is not necessarily real-time nor accurate. All CFDs (stocks, indexes, futures) and Forex prices are not provided by exchanges but rather by market makers, and so prices may not be accurate and may differ from the actual market price, meaning prices are indicative and not appropriate for trading purposes. Therefore Fusion Media doesn`t bear any responsibility for any trading losses you might incur as a result of using this data.

Fusion Media or anyone involved with Fusion Media will not accept any liability for loss or damage as a result of reliance on the information including data, quotes, charts and buy/sell signals contained within this website. Please be fully informed regarding the risks and costs associated with trading the financial markets, it is one of the riskiest investment forms possible.