China's yuan slips from 2-month high as blast in Poland hurts sentiment
SHANGHAI, Nov 16 (Reuters) - China's yuan on Wednesday slipped from a two-month high against the dollar, pressured by safe-haven bids for the greenback following reports that a Russia-made rocket killed two people in Poland, heightening concerns over geopolitical risks.
The dollar edged up after reports of thePoland's border with Ukraine, which Poland called a strike by a Russia-made projectile. U.S. President Biden said after an emergency NATO meeting that the missile was probably fired from Russia.
"The yuan was consolidating after recent sharp rebounds, while geopolitical tensions also affected market sentiment," said a trader at a foreign bank.
Prior to the market opening, the People's Bank of China (PBOC) set the yuan's midpoint rate CNY=PBOC at a three-week high of 7.0363 per dollar, 58 pips or 0.08% firmer than the previous fix of 7.0421.
In the spot market, the onshore yuan CNY=CFXS opened at 7.0550 per dollar and was changing hands at 7.0802 by midday, 357 pips weaker than the previous late session close.
The spot price hit a high of 7.0201 per dollar on Monday, the highest since Sept. 20, underpinned by official moves to support China's embattled property sector and the government's decision to ease some of its strict COVID-19 prevention controls.
"We share market enthusiasm about a headline-driven relief rally in USD/CNY," analysts at J.P.Morgan said in a .
"We remain cautious about the medium-term outlook for the currency given poor visibility on a smooth path towards , and the clear medium-term balance of payments (BOP) drag from reopening."
Separately,also suggested that overseas investors sold holdings of China's onshore bonds for a straight month in October, albeit at a slower pace, as interest rate differentials between China and the United States continued to drive foreigners away.
Foreigners offloaded 595.9 billion yuan worth of Chinese debt in the months to end-October, according to data from China Central Depository & Clearing Co (CCDC), the main depository institution for China's interbank bond market.
By midday, the global dollar index .DXY had risen to 106.604 from the previous close of 106.404, while the offshore yuan CNH=D3 was trading at 7.0799 per dollar.
The yuan market at 0400 GMT:
PBOC midpoint CNY=SAEC
Spot yuan CNY=CFXS
Divergence from midpoint*
Spot change YTD
Spot change since 2005 revaluation
Thomson Reuters/HKEX CNH index
*Divergence of the dollar/yuan exchange rate. Negative 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 percent from official midpoint rate it sets each morning.
OFFSHORE CNH MARKET
Difference from onshore
Offshore spot yuan CNH= *
Offshore -deliverable forwards CNY1YNDFOR= **
*Premium for offshore spot over onshore CNY=CFXS
**Figure reflects difference from PBOC's official midpoint, since -deliverable forwards are settled against the midpoint. CNY=SAEC.
(Reporting by Winni Zhou and Brenda Goh; Editing by Edmund Klamann)