FOREX-Yen weakens, Aussie outperforms as risk sentiment improves

* Graphic: World FX rates in 2019 http://tmsnrt.rs/2egbfVh (Adds details, updates prices, new byline, changes dateline, previous LONDON) By Karen Brettell NEW YORK, April 6 (Reuters) - The Japanese yen dipped and the Australian dollar outperformed on Monday as risk appetite improved on optimism that the spread of the novel coronaviurus in the United States and Europe could be tapering, though an outbreak in Japan worsened. President Donald expressed hope on Sunday that the United States was seeing a “leveling-off” of the coronavirus crisis in some hot spots, but some of his top medical advisers took a more tempered view. France's daily death toll fell in the past 24 hours, reported its lowest daily COVID-19 death toll for more than two weeks on Sunday and Spain’s pace of new deaths slowed for the fourth day on Monday. "Today’s currency moves are following the risk-on playbook closely,” analysts at Wells Fargo led by Erik Nelson said in a report. But Japan saw an increase in numbers. The country is to impose a state of emergency in Tokyo and six other prefectures as early as Tuesday to contain the coronavirus, while the government prepares a $990 billion stimulus package to soften the economic blow. "We think today’s JPY weakness has more to do with the strength in global equities than reports of a possible state of emergency declaration in Tokyo,” Wells Fargo said. The dollar gained 0.54% against the Japanese currency to 109.04 yen. The Australian dollar jumped 1.42% to $0.6080. The euro, however, was subdued before euro zone finance ministers were expected to converge on Tuesday on three quick options to support the economy during the epidemic. Officials have until April 9 to design a package that satisfies members with completely opposing views: those calling for joint debt issuance and those fiercely against it. The single currency dipped 0.08% against the dollar to $1.0799. Central bank actions have eased funding stresses that led to a scramble for dollars in March. That has also helped reduce bets that the greenback will book further gains, after the dollar index hit a three-year high of 102.99 on March 20. The index traded at 100.71 on Monday, down 0.07% on the day. Speculators' net short U.S. dollar positioning in the latest week touched its highest since May 2018. The cost of swapping euros and sterling for dollars in FX swap markets fell on Monday to the lowest in over a decade, a sign of success for central bank operations, though other indicators imply some money market stress remains. Sterling was last up 0.24% at $1.2290, after slipping overnight on reports that Prime Minister Boris Johnson had been hospitalized with persistent COVID-19 symptoms. ======================================================== Currency bid prices at 10:00AM (1400 GMT) Description RIC Last U.S. Close Pct Change YTD Pct High Bid Low Bid Previous Change Session Euro/Dollar EUR= $1.0799 $1.0808 -0.08% -3.67% +1.0834 +1.0769 Dollar/Yen JPY= 109.0400 108.4500 +0.54% +0.17% +109.3700 +108.3600 Euro/Yen EURJPY= 117.75 117.20 +0.47% -3.45% +118.3000 +117.2200 Dollar/Swiss CHF= 0.9776 0.9777 -0.01% +1.01% +0.9797 +0.9762 Sterling/Dollar GBP= 1.2290 1.2260 +0.24% -7.31% +1.2326 +1.2211 Dollar/Canadian CAD= 1.4135 1.4201 -0.46% +8.85% +1.4261 +1.4085 Australian/Doll AUD= 0.6080 0.5995 +1.42% -13.40% +0.6085 +0.5992 ar Euro/Swiss EURCHF= 1.0558 1.0555 +0.03% -2.71% +1.0581 +1.0551 Euro/Sterling EURGBP= 0.8786 0.8799 -0.15% +3.93% +0.8855 +0.8766 NZ NZD= 0.5944 0.5869 +1.28% -11.76% +0.5948 +0.5851 Dollar/Dollar Dollar/Norway NOK= 10.4390 10.5226 -0.79% +18.92% +10.5983 +10.4403 Euro/Norway EURNOK= 11.2730 11.4530 -1.57% +14.59% +11.4693 +11.2760 Dollar/Sweden SEK= 10.1426 10.1457 -0.49% +8.50% +10.2027 +10.1151 Euro/Sweden EURSEK= 10.9510 11.0050 -0.49% +4.60% +11.0284 +10.9423 (Additional reporting by Olga Cotaga in London; Editing by David Gregorio)

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