Feb. 14: Asian session
Japanese Topix index slid 1.2%, while the Nikkei 225 dropped 1.3%. The MSCI Asia Pacific Index of shares was little changed after falling as much as 0.2% earlier today.
USD/JPY slid to 101.56. Demand for safe havens increased making yen appreciate. AUD/USD tested $0.9030 during the Asian trading hours after consumer prices increased in China, the nation’s biggest trading partner, but then returned below $0.9000. NZD/USD tested $0.8367 before easing down to $0.8338.
EUR/USD is consolidating in the $1.3680 area after it rose by about 90 pips yesterday. GBP/USD is consolidating below yesterday’s high at $1.6673, the highest level since May 2011.