Jan. 15: Asian session
Asian shares were mostly higher on Wednesday as the World Bank upgraded its outlook for the global economy. US dollar extended gains versus its counterparts due to surprising strength in US consumer spending. Japanese Nikkei bounced by 1.8% after suffering its sharpest daily drop in 5 months on Tuesday. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was little changed.
USD/JPY recovered to 104.40. AUD/USD slid to $0.8915. NZD/USD slipped to $0.8333.
EUR/USD fell to $1.3630. GBP/USD is trading at $1.6422.