NEW YORK Jan 24 The U.S. dollar jumped 2 percent against the yen on Thursday to hit a 2-1/2-year high in late trade on Thursday.
The dollar had risen as high as 90.54 yen on Reuters data. Gains accelerated after the dollar/yen broke above the previous 2-1/2-year high of 90.25 set on Monday.
"The whole move today was a very sharp rebound" in dollar/yen," said Omer Esiner, chief market analyst at Commonwealth Foreign Exchange in Washington. "The latest leg this afternoon is just a continuation of that move."
Esiner said the next key level in dollar/yen is 90.80.
The yen tumbled across the board after an economic official in said the Japanese government has no problem with the dollar hitting 100 yen.