The Yen collapsed against the Pound on Tuesday, as the pair finished 200 pips higher at the 157.00 level. This rise in the GBP and fall in the JPY was largely due to higher than expected GDP figures from Britain. However, the JPY bearishness yesterday was also owed to global stock market rallies owed to higher than forecast earnings for a number of top U.S. companies. This reduced the demand for lower-yielding assets, such as the JPY.
The JPY actually finished trading almost unchanged against the USD, but lower vs. the EUR. There have been fears recently that the Yen may be in for a steep decline if Japan doesn't continue increasing its exports. These fears have been exasperated despite the Japanese economy officially rising out of recession in the previous quarter. The JPY is set to move today on important economic releases from Britain, the U.S. and the Euro-Zone.