May 22: Asian session
Asian shares rose for the first time in 5 days after the Fed meeting minutes showed policy makers see a muted risk of inflation from continued US stimulus and a Chinese manufacturing gauge came better than expected. MSCI Asia Pacific index gained 1.2%. Nikkei 225 added more than 2%. USD/JPY rose to 101.75 after spiking down to 100.81 yesterday.
Commodity currencies are in demand on Thursday as the risk appetite increased on the upbeat Chinese manufacturing figures. HSBC manufacturing PMI came in at 5-month high in May (49.7 versus expected 48.4). AUD/USD recovered from the yesterday’s low of $0.9210 to $0.9260. The pair formed a candle with a long lower shadow yesterday – the recent bearish move in the Aussie seems to be over. NZD/USD recovered into the $0.8580 area. Gold price remains flat slightly below the $1300 mark.
EUR/USD lowered to $1.3670, but is trading above yesterday’s low at $1.3634. GBP/USD is trading just below $1.6900.