Currency exchange traded funds that track the euro, Japanese yen and Swiss franc moves against the U.S. dollar are among the few assets turning a positive return Monday as global markets plunged.
On Monday, the CurrencyShares Euro Currency Trust (NYSEArca: FXE) was up 1.8%, CurrencyShares Japanese Yen Trust (NYSEArca: FXY) gained 2.7% and CurrencyShares Swiss Franc Trust (NYSEArca: FXF) was 1.3% higher. All three currency ETFs are now back above their 200-day simple moving averages.
While U.S. equities plunged Monday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average off more than 1,000 points in early trading, the franc, yen and euro currencies were performing on the “flight to safety,” reports Jenny Cosgrave for CNBC.
“It (the euro) has certainly been behaving with safe haven qualities,” Senior foreign exchange strategist at Rabobank, Jane Foley, told CNBC. “The market has been cutting these massive euro shorts that they built up from July of last year and all the way into March. And those shorts are around about half of the size they were in March.”
Wall Street analysts are also growing bullish on some foreign currencies, notably the euro due to the improve economic conditions across the Eurozone.
“I think that the boost of competitiveness to Europe, plus the fall in oil prices, plus structural reforms, have meant that people have taken another look at the fundamentals and decided that some of the European countries are doing much better,” fund manager and founding partner at THS partners, Cato Stonex, told CNBC.