April 30: Asian session
Asian markets traded mixed on Wednesday with the MSCI Asia Pacific index staying almost unchanged. Investors remain cautious before the FOMC monetary policy decision announcement in the US session and the US jobs data on Friday. Continuing tension in Ukraine continues weighting on the risk appetite.
USD/JPY slipped to 102.30. Yen strengthened as the Bank of Japan left monetary policy unchanged in line with the expectations. Bank’s CPI target remains on track, while the 2014 GDP forecast was downgraded from +1.4% to 1.1%. Japan industrial production came below the expectations. Nikkei 225 index added 0.11%.
Commodity currencies found buyers in the Asian session. AUD/USD strengthened to $0.9290, but still trades in the descending channel. NZD/USD touched $0.8875 earlier in the session and is now consolidating a little lower. Gold trades under pressure around $1292.5.
EUR/USD extends the yesterday’s drop, testing the $1.3800 support to the downside. GBP/USD is trading in the red, but holds slightly above the $1.6800 mark. Monday peak of $1.6855 remains unbeaten.