May 6: Asian session
Asian stock markets were mixed on Tuesday with MSCI Asia Pacific index adding 0.1%. Trading volumes remain low as markets in Japan, Hong Kong and South Korea are closed for holidays. Yesterday the markets were cheered up by the strong US ISM manufacturing PMI. USD/JPY weakened from the session high of 102.20 to 102.00.
AUDUSD jumped up from $0.9283 to $0.9316, but failed to fix at these highs. The Reserve Bank of Australia left monetary policy unchanged and came with a neutral statement. The bank, however, has once again referred to the overvalued currency. Australia trade surplus came below the forecast. NZD/USD touched $0.8715. Gold consolidates around $1309 – slightly below the yesterday’s 3-week high of $1315.
EUR/USD consolidates below the yesterday’s high of $1.3885, while GBP/USD touched $1.6895. Euro zone and Great Britain will release service PMIs later in the session.