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Money daily brief: On strong yen, markets slip

Global stocks react negatively to a stronger Japanese Yen, weak US economic indicators

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A woman exchanges money at a money exchange at Haneda airport in Tokyo on September 15, 2009. A gain in the Japanese yen and poor U.S. economic indicators hurt global markets Monday.

Yuriko Nakao/Reuters

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Yen on the rise: The Japanese yen has climbed to an eight-month high against the dollar, putting a crimp in Japan's export industry and raising the prospect of government intervention. Japanese Finance Minister Hirohisa Fujii gave mixed signs Monday by backing off previous remarks expressing a willingness to let the yen strengthen but telling Reuters that the currency's gains were "not abnormal."

World stocks slump: Poorer than expected US manufacturing and home sales data from Friday has hurt the global economic outlook. The US economy is “not recovering as fast as we thought … [and the strong yen] brings negative sentiment to other markets,” Jackson Wong, vice president at Tanrich Securities in Hong Kong, told the Associated Press. Asian stocks, also reacting to a strong yen, were particularly hard hit, with exchanges in Japan, Hong Kong, and China posting losses over 2 percent.

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