Manchester bombing leaves APAC markets in a sombre mood

May 23 Asian currencies were subdued on Tuesday,
with a suicide attack in Manchester dampening a mild resurgence
in risk appetite, just as investors had begun looking past the
political crisis still simmering in Washington.
    Meanwhile, the euro floated near a six-month high
after German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the currency was too
week, whereas the pound sagged on news of a blast at a concert
in Britain's Manchester which killed 19. 
    The dollar, which slipped to more than 6-month lows
in the previous session, remained weak.
    "Market reaction has been fairly muted in Asia in response
to the Manchester blast. The yen did strengthen slightly
initially, but this has partly unwound," said  Khoon Goh, head
of Asia research at Australia and New Zealand Banking Group in
    The mild hit to the risk-on sentiment manifested in a
sell-off in the Korean won and the Taiwan dollar
, the biggest gainers in the previous session.
    The won was 0.3 percent lower, while the Taiwan dollar fell
0.2 percent.
    Traders say investors will now shift their focus to the FOMC
minutes due on Wednesday, for any hints of the Fed's rate cycle
plans for the year.
    "The market is expecting the Fed to stay on course for a
rise in June. But that's priced in about 70 percent, so, there's
a bit of an upside there," said Stephen Innes, a senior trader
for FX broker OANDA.  
    "But the thought here is that if the Fed starts to ratchet
it up towards the end of the year, then there's some appeal for
the dollar to go higher. This may be tempering expectations
across global markets."



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Stephen Innes

Stephen Innes

Head of Trading APAC at OANDA
Stephen has over 25 years of experience in the financial markets and currently based in Singapore as the Head of Trading Asia Pacific with OANDA. Stephen's market views focus on the movement of G-10 and ASEAN Currencies. His views appear in Bloomberg, CNBC.Reuters, New York Times WSJ and the Economist. His media appearances include Bloomberg TV & Radio, BBC International, Sky TV, Channel News Asia, ASTRO AWANI and BFM Malaysia. Stephen has an extensive trading experience in Spot and Forward FX, Currency and Interest Rate Futures, Money Market Derivatives and Precious Metals. Before joining OANDA, he worked with organisations like Nat West, Chemical Bank, Garvin Guy Butler, and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation. Stephen was born in Glasgow, Scotland, and holds a Degree in Economics from the University of Western Ontario.
Stephen Innes