(Corrects date of dollar's low against yen in third paragraph)
* President-elect's first news conference disappoints dollar
* Dollar wallows near one-month lows vs safe-haven yen
* Bucking weak dollar trend, Mexican peso falls to record
TOKYO, Jan 12 The dollar skidded on Thursday,
moving back toward one-month lows against the perceived
safe-haven yen, after President-elect Donald Trump's
highly-awaited news conference failed to offer details on his
promises to boost fiscal spending and cut taxes.
Trump, who takes office on Jan. 20, did not elaborate on his
planned growth policies, and instead took aim at targets that
included pharmaceutical companies and U.S. intelligence
The greenback fell as low as 114.245 yen on
Wednesday, its deepest nadir since Dec. 9, and last stood at
114.52, down 0.8 percent on the day.
"There's 'Good Trump' and 'Bad Trump' for the markets. Will
'Good Trump' return before the inauguration?" said Ayako Sera,
market strategist at Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank in Tokyo.
"We need to see if the overnight dollar low holds in today's
Tokyo session," she added.
The dollar index, which tracks the U.S. currency against a
basket of six major counterparts, slipped 0.4 percent to 101.42
. It had risen to a one-week high on Wednesday, ahead of
Trump's news conference.
The dollar index had climbed to its highest levels since
2002 as investors bet Trump's promises of fiscal expansion and
tax cuts would boost growth and inflation, prompting a faster
pace of interest rate hikes from the Federal Reserve and
boosting the yield on the greenback.
While some investors who missed out on the dollar's
post-election rally were still looking to buy on dips, others
were seeking to pare their long dollar positions in case the
coming reality of Trump's administration fail to live up to
expectations, Tokyo market participants said.
The euro added 0.2 percent to $1.0605, after skidding to a
14-year low of $1.0340 last week.
But against the yen, the euro slipped 0.6 percent to 121.41
yen, closing in on its overnight low of 121.275, which
was its lowest since Dec. 9.
Lower U.S. Treasury yields also undermined the dollar, as
Trump's remarks increased the safe-haven appeal of U.S.
The benchmark yield fell to a one-month lows, as strong
demand at an auction also pushed up prices.
In Asian trading, the yield on 10-year U.S. notes
stood at 2.332 percent, down from Wednesday's U.S.
close of 2.370 percent.
Bucking the weak dollar trend, the Mexican peso hit a fresh
record low against the greenback of 22.0440 pesos on
Wednesday, after Trump warned U.S. auto companies would face a
high tax for products made in that country and exported to
"The fall is very natural after what Trump has been saying
about the Mexican relationship, but I also think that maybe the
selling is almost over as he is saying nothing new," said
Masashi Murata, senior currency strategist at Brown Brothers
Harriman in Tokyo.
(Reporting by Tokyo markets team; Editing by Shri Navaratnam
and Kim Coghill)