Asia equities edge higher
Wall Street had a mixed session overnight, with the street falling into their happy place and buying tech and selling everything else, although the session was quiet. The S&P 500 edged 0.08% lower, while the Nasdaq rose by 0.49% and the Dow Jones fell by 0.37%. Clearly, Wall Street isn’t too concerned about the G-7 tax agreement and US big tech.
In Asia, Nasdaq and S&P 500 futures have moved higher again, greenlighting Asia to launch its day on a positive note. The Nikkei 225 has risen by 0.35%, with the Kospi edging 0.10% higher. China’s Shanghai Composite has risen 0.40%, the CSI 300 is flat, and Hong Kong is 0.50% higher.
Regionally, Singapore is down 0.15%, while Kuala Lumpur has climbed 0.50%, with Taipei falling 0.35% and Jakarta rising 0.10%. Australia’s All Ordinaries has risen 0.45%, while the ASX 200 is just 0.05% higher.
Barring a headline surprise, Asia looks content to follow Wall Street into wait-and-see mode ahead of inflation data later this week.
The US dollar drifts lower
The US dollar drifted lower overnight in a non-descript session, suggesting that the downside remains the path of least resistance for now for the greenback. The dollar index lost 0.18% to 89.98 overnight, creeping a few points higher to 90.00 in Asia today, in what looks to be a moribund session. The index remains in a broad 89.50 to 90.50 range, with a breakout indicating the US dollar’s next directional move.
Both EUR/USD and GBP/USD moved 20 points higher to 1.2185 and 1.4168, respectively. Ultimately, EUR/USD is bouncing around in a wider 1.2100 to 1.2250 range this past fortnight, while GBP/USD has clear support and resistance at 1.4100 and 1.4250. In the bigger picture, only failure of 1.2000 and 1.4000 respectively undermine the longer-term bullish outlook for both currencies.
Asian currencies are locked in neutral after the PBOC succeeded in putting a floor under yuan appreciation last week. USD/CNY at 6.3920 today, with the PBOC setting a neutral fixing today. Until the PBOC signals comfort at more yuan appreciation, the broader Asian grouping will likely mark time around these levels.
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