The USD/JPY extended its daily slide in the early American session and touched its lowest level in two weeks at 109.00. As of writing, the pair was down 0.7% on a daily basis at 109.08.
The selling pressure surrounding the greenback seems to be weighing on USD/JPY on Thursday. After the data published by the US Department of Labor showed that the weekly Initial Jobless Claims rose to 744,000, compared to analysts’ estimate of 680,000, the US Dollar Index (DXY) dropped to a daily low of 92.14. At the moment, the DXY is losing 0.28% at 92.17.
Furthermore, the benchmark 10-year US Treasury bond yield is falling 1.7% on the day, ramping up the bearish pressure on USD/JPY.
In the meantime, Wall Street’s main indexes look to open in the positive territory with the S&P 500 Futures rising 0.3%. If risk flows start to dominate financial markets in the second half of the day, the JPY could have a hard time preserving its strength and limit USD/JPY’s downside. Later in the day, St. Louis Fed President James Bullard, Minneapolis Fed President Neel Kashkari and FOMC Chairman Jerome Powell and will be delivering speeches.