China’s yuan firms after strong export data


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SHANGHAI — China’s yuan firmed against the

dollar on Tuesday, after data showed the country’s exports

growth unexpectedly accelerated in August.

The People’s Bank of China set the midpoint rate

at 6.4533 per dollar prior to market open, 4 pips weaker than

the previous fix of 6.4529.

In the spot market, the yuan opened at 6.4553 per

dollar and was changing hands at 6.4548 at midday, 32 pips

firmer from the previous late session close.

China’s exports unexpectedly grew at a faster pace in


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August, as solid global demand offset some of the pressure on

the world’s second-biggest economy from a resurgence of domestic

COVID-19 cases and supply bottlenecks.

“The robust China exports figure should help alleviate

concern over a slowdown for China’s economy and excessive RMB

basket strength,” Ken Cheung, chief Asian FX strategist at

Mizuho Bank in Hong Kong, said in a note.

“The PBoC should be less tempted to allow more RMB

depreciation to support export growth and will be less urgent to

bring forward its required reserves ratio (RRR) cut to this


Official data on Monday also showed global investors raised

their holdings of Chinese government bonds (CGBs) to a record

high for a fifth straight month in August.


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China’s securities regulator officials said they would

further deregulate and open capital markets to foreign


While the dollar has recovered from a selloff after last

week’s disappointing U.S. jobs data, prevailing uncertainties

about the economy mean the Federal Reserve is in no hurry to

raise rates, said Maybank in a note.

“A case of Fed taper delay supports sentiment and could

weigh on USD in the interim, assuming no unexpected resurgence

in COVID infection,” Maybank said.

The global dollar index fell to 92.154 from the

previous close of 92.192. The offshore yuan was trading

at 6.4496 per dollar.

The yuan market at 0427 GMT:


Item Current Previous Change

PBOC midpoint 6.4533 6.4529 -0.01%


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Spot yuan 6.4548 6.458 0.05%

Divergence from 0.02%


Spot change YTD 1.14%

Spot change since 2005 28.22%


Key indexes:

Item Current Previous Change

Thomson 98.49 98.56 -0.1


CNH index

Dollar index 92.154 92.192 0.0

*Divergence of the dollar/yuan exchange rate. Negative number

indicates that spot yuan is trading stronger than the midpoint.

The People’s Bank of China (PBOC) allows the exchange rate to

rise or fall 2% from official midpoint rate it sets each



Instrument Current Difference

from onshore

Offshore spot yuan 6.4496 0.08%


Offshore 6.6251 -2.59%




*Premium for offshore spot over onshore

**Figure reflects difference from PBOC’s official midpoint,

since non-deliverable forwards are settled against the midpoint.


(Reporting by Shanghai Newsroom; Editing by Sam Holmes)


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