Dec. 23: Asian session
Asian stocks went cautiously higher on Monday encouraged by record highs on Wall Street due to the upbeat data on American economic growth and the resilience of stocks to the Fed’s decision to start QE tapering. However, growth in shares wasn’t strong as China’s benchmark short-term money rates swung to 9.8% fueling the fears of a credit squeeze.
USD/JPY is little changed in the 104.00 area, below Friday’s peak at 104.63. Trading is quiet as Japanese banks are closed today in observance of the Emperor’s Birthday. Australian and New Zealand dollars are trading a little higher on Monday. AUD/USD extends the upside, strengthening to $0.8950. Last week the pair has formed a “hammer” candle. NZD/USD keeps consolidating in the $0.8190/8220 range. Gold price is consolidating around $1200.0 – slightly above the June 3-year low of $1180.0.
EUR/USD edged up to $1.3695 and GBP/USD – up to $1.6360.