Dollar steady in Asia as Ukraine tensions ease
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TOKYOThe dollar held steady in Asia Wednesday after rallying in U.S. trade as fears of a conflict over Ukraine eased, boosting investor demand for riskier assets.

In Tokyo midday business, the greenback bought 102.23 yen, against 102.24 yen on Tuesday in New York where the unit had risen from the mid 101-yen mark.

The euro bought 140.42 yen against 140.49 yen, while it also fetched $1.3732 from $1.3740.

The yen surged at the start of the week as investors scurried into safer assets after Russian lawmakers voted to allow troops into Crimea, a mainly Russian-speaking peninsula in the southeast of Ukraine, following the ouster of the country’s pro-Moscow government.

But on Tuesday, troops were pulled back from the Russian-Ukraine border and President Vladimir Putin said he reserved the right to military intervention but such a move would only be a last resort.

However, while global investors breathed a sigh of relief National Australia Bank said in a note “we caution that the Ukraine situation has NOT been resolved and that risk asset markets…remain vulnerable to any renewed deterioration in news flow or rhetoric coming out of Kiev or Moscow.”

Investors also have an eye on the annual National People’s Congress, China’s legislature — which opened Wednesday — looking for clues about the state of the world’s number-two economy.

Also, Wednesday the Federal Reserve will release its Beige Book report on current U.S. economic conditions, which could provide some indication about the central bank’s next move regarding its stimulus program.

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