LONDON, Apr 27 (Reuters) – The dollar fell across the board on Monday as traders were less reluctant to take risky assets amid a decline in coronavirus blockades in several countries.
* The US currency was weakening against the yen and the euro due to a better disposition against Italy and after announcements by the Bank of Japan of additional measures to support its economy.
* “The dollar kicked off the week on the wrong foot … reflects more risk trend,” said Lee Hardman, currency analyst at MUFG. “Most notably, yesterday there was a sharp drop in the reported number of deaths from COVID-19 in various countries … supporting the effectiveness of the closure measures.”
* S&P affirmed Italy’s BBB rating on Friday, although many expected a downgrade, underpinning the euro by limiting the escalation of an economic and political crisis on the continent.
* The Bank of Japan announced monetary stimulus measures on Monday and promised to buy an unlimited amount of bonds to keep borrowing costs down.
* Against the yen, the dollar was down 0.4% at 107.11 yen, having earlier fallen to a two-week low of 107.05. The euro appreciated 0.3% at $ 1.0848.
* Traders’ attention is now on the two-day meeting of the Federal Reserve that ends on Wednesday, and on a meeting of the European Central Bank (ECB) on Thursday.
(Report by Olga Cotaga; Edited in Spanish by Janisse Huambachano)