Dec. 27: Asian session
Most Asian stocks went up after big gains at Wall Street where Dow Jones made a record high close. MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan added 0.25%. Chinese shares rose as money rates eased and China set its yuan at an historic high.
USD/JPY tested briefly levels 105.00 today and EUR/JPY – 144.00. Yen hit 5-year lows versus the greenback and euro. Japanese data showed that the nation’s manufacturing activity is expanding at the fastest clip in more than 7 years, while Japanese firms added workers at the quickest pace in over 6 years. Japan’s core consumer price inflation in November rose to a 5-year high. This means that the country’s making progress in its fight against deflation.
Australian and New Zealand dollars have both strengthened in the late Asian session. AUD/USD has recovered above the $0.8900 mark. However, the Monday bearish gap still remains open. NZD/USD rose to $0.8170. The pair is supported by the 200-day moving average.
EUR/USD rose to $1.3745. GBP/USD went up to $1.6447.