Jan. 22: Asian session
Asian shares swung between gains and losses as the Bank of Japan pledged to maintain economic stimulus and the International Monetary Fund raised its global growth forecast. The MSCI Asia Pacific Index added 0.1%. Japanese Nikkei rose by 0.3% after an initial dip. China’s Shanghai Composite Index rose 1.7%.
USD/JPY rose to 104.50. The Bank of Japan has refrained from signaling additional stimulus today. The regulator downgraded the nation’s GDP forecast for 2014/2015 financial year from 1.5% to 1.4%. The BOJ governor Haruhiko Kuroda is due to hold a press conference later today.
AUD/USD jumped by more than 80 pips to $0.8870 on higher than expected Australia inflation data. Q4 CPI came at 0.8% q/q vs. expected is 0.4% and prior 1.2%. January Westpac consumer sentiment fell less than expected (-1.7% vs. -4.8% in December). Market expectations of RBA rate cut fell after the today’s releases. NZD/USD is trading in a narrow $0.8300/25 range.
EUR/USD tested $1.3580 before sliding to $1.3560. GBP/USD reached $1.6490.