Emerging-market stocks climbed for a fourth day as President Vladimir Putin said Russia will do all it can to end the Ukraine conflict, spurring speculation tension will ease. The ruble and South Korean won advanced.
Price swings in the dollar against the yen measured by options fell to a record as signs of an uneven U.S. economic recovery fueled bets the Federal Reserve will keep borrowing costs at unprecedented lows.
Koichi Hamada, an economic adviser to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, told South Korea to adjust its own monetary policies if officials are concerned at the effects of a yen weakened by unprecedented easing.
The yen fell for a fourth day against the dollar after Finance Minister Taro Aso said Japan’s stimulus policies that have caused the currency to weaken were unopposed at a Group-of-20 meeting in Washington.
The euro traded at the lowest level against the dollar in almost three months as Italy moved toward more elections and before data forecast to show the region’s economy shrank in the fourth quarter of 2012.