The dollar rose to a seven-year high versus the yen before economic data this week that analysts predict will back the case for tighter U.S. monetary policy as Japan and Europe push forward with stimulus.
The greenback was 0.2 percent from its strongest in two years against the euro before the European Central Bank meets tomorrow. Australias currency slid after a report showed economic growth was lower than forecast. New Zealands dollar weakened following a drop in milk prices at an auction. Russias ruble and the Norwegian krone fell yesterday as oil resumed a decline. Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer said yesterday low crude prices are a boon to the U.S. economy.
The dollar was little changed at 119.29 yen at 9:58 a.m. in Tokyo from yesterday, after reaching 119.34, the highest since August 2007. It traded at $1.2387 from $1.2383 in New York. It touched $1.2358 on Nov. 7, the strongest since August 2012. The euro traded at 147.76 yen from 147.63.
The U.S. currency has gained 9.6 percent in the past year, the best performer among 10 developed-nation currencies tracked by Bloomberg Correlation-Weighted Indexes. The euro fell 1.1 percent and the yen dropped 7.3 percent, the biggest decline.