Jan. 10: Asian session
Asian shares were little changed on mixed Chinese trade data. Trade surplus contracted, but the jump at imports points to stronger domestic demand and may mean that the nation’s rebalancing away from a reliance on exports to fuel growth. MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan inched up by 0.1%. Shanghai stocks trimmed early losses to be almost flat. Japan’s Nikkei also pared losses to be down 0.4%, while the Hong Kong market added 0.5%.
USD/JPY is trading just under 105.00. AUD/USD is trying to recover after having dipped to $0.8880 on China trade balance figures. NZD/USD remains under a slight bearish pressure for a fourth day in a row. Kiwi remains supported by the 55-day MA at $0.8246 as of writing. Australian and New Zealand dollars may be influenced by the US nonfarm payrolls data today.
EUR/USD found support at $1.3550 yesterday and rose to $1.3616 today. GBP/USD is trading in the $1.6480 area.