Jan. 17: Asian session
Asian stocks swung between gains and losses before China reports economic data next week. Nikkei fell by 0.8% following Wall Street lower on the disappointing US corporate earnings, while exporters sagged as the weak-yen trend took a pause. MSCI Asia Pacific Index erased a 0.4% drop.
USD/JPY is trading at 104.33 after testing 104.92 yesterday. Japanese consumer confidence declined. AUD/USD is consolidating in a tight $0.8830/00 range after having hit a low of $0.8878 yesterday (lowest since August 2010). NZD/USD is the main loser of this Asian session, falling by more than 60 pips to $0.8285. Despite the recent NZD decline, the market remains generally long on the kiwi in expectations of RBNZ rate hike in the near future.
EUR/USD is in the $1.3625 area, down from yesterday’s high at $1.3649. GBP/USD is down to $1.6333, but above yesterday’s low at $1.6314.