* Taiwan dollar set for biggest weekly gain in 5 years
* Indian rupee set for biggest weekly gain in a year
* Asian c.bank policies to remain neutral - analysts
(Adds detail, updates prices)
By Patturaja Murugaboopathy
March 17 The Taiwan dollar, South Korean won,
and Indian rupee are on target on Friday to set their biggest
weekly gains for many months, bolstered by a greenback weakened
by the U.S. Federal Reserve's decision earlier in the week.
The Taiwan dollar was up around 1.4 percent for the
week, set to post its biggest weekly gain in more than five
years, while the South Korean won was up more than 2
percent for the week, set for its biggest weekly gain in eight
The Indian rupee, which got a boost from the state
election results, is set to register a weekly gain of 1.5
percent, the biggest in a year.
However on a daily basis, Asian currencies were slightly
weaker on Friday, weighed down by rises in U.S. Treasury yields
in the last two session.
The 10-year U.S. Treasury yield stood at 2.5332
percent on Friday, having edged up from Thursday's low of 2.4860
Analysts said rising U.S. yields were likely to put pressure
on Asian countries to tighten their monetary policies,
signalling an end of a long cycle of monetary stimulus across
On Thursday, China raised short-term interest rates for the
third time in as many months, while Indonesia kept its benchmark
interest rate unchanged for the fifth straight meeting.
Indonesia had cut its rates six times last year in an effort to
boost its economy.
The window for more monetary easing in South Korea looked to
have closed after the Federal Reserve's rate rise, despite
struggles with household debt, economists said.
"In terms of monetary policy, Asia is likely to remain
pretty neutral for now," said Nizam Idris, head of strategy,
fixed income and currencies at Macquarie Bank.
Investor attention will move to political risks with the
start of the G20 meeting of finance ministers and central bank
presidents on Friday, analysts said. The protectionist stance of
U.S. President Donald Trump's administration could complicate
the talks, they added.
"The focus is on the U.S. request for changes in global trade
agreements ... They may want to renegotiate bilateral or
multilateral trade agreements, which may read as potentially
negative for emerging markets," Nizam said.
CURRENCIES VS U.S. DOLLAR
Change on the day
at 0533 GMT
Currency Latest bid Previous Pct Move
Japan yen 113.420 113.3 -0.11
Sing dlr 1.403 1.4007 -0.16
Taiwan dlr 30.602 30.657 +0.18
Korean won 1132.700 1132 -0.06
Baht 34.956 34.934 -0.06
Peso 50.170 50.12 -0.10
Rupiah 13335.000 13345 +0.07
Rupee 65.578 65.41 -0.26
Ringgit 4.441 4.438 -0.07
Yuan 6.902 6.9003 -0.02
Change so far
Currency Latest bid End 2016 Pct Move
Japan yen 113.420 117.07 +3.22
Sing dlr 1.403 1.4490 +3.29
Taiwan dlr 30.602 32.279 +5.48
Korean won 1132.700 1207.70 +6.62
Baht 34.956 35.80 +2.41
Peso 50.170 49.72 -0.90
Rupiah 13335.000 13470 +1.01
Rupee 65.578 67.92 +3.57
Ringgit 4.441 4.4845 +0.98
Yuan 6.902 6.9467 +0.65
(Reporting by Patturaja Murugaboopathy; Editing by Randy Fabi)