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Nikkei’s Resilience Contrasts With Hong Kong’s Setback, US ISM Services watched

Market sentiment was clearly mixed in Asian session today, highlighted by Nikkei's remarkable resilience and Hong Kong's stocks' downturn. The day commenced with Nikkei momentarily succumbing to profit taking pressure, dropping below 40k mark after Tokyo's CPI was reported to have risen to 2.5%. This initial dip, however, was...

Swiss Franc Pressured after After Fleeting Bounce; Bitcoin Surges Above 65k

Swiss Franc bounced briefly earlier today, following release of slightly stronger than expected Swiss CPI data, only to see those gains quickly dissipate. With inflation levels persistently below SNB target, market consensus continues to lean towards an interest rate cut within the year, with September eyed as the probable...

Nikkei Breaks 40K as Japan’s Capital Spending Fuels Market Optimism

Nikkei surges through 40k mark for the first time ever, standing out in an otherwise subdued Asian session. This index was propelled by Japan's unexpectedly robust capital spending report for Q4, which significantly bolstered investor confidence. While the surge in capital expenditure may not directly sway BoJ's immediate monetary...

Yen Rises on BoJ Rate Speculation, But Gains Muted

Yen ended as the best performer last week amidst intensifying discussions around BoC rate hike, spurred by comments from the central bank's officials. The anticipation of policy tightening propelled Yen forward, although gains were tempered by uncertainties surrounding the timing of the first move, and the path of subsequent...

Eurozone Inflation Surprises Support Euro, ECB’s Holzmann Urges Patience on Policy

Euro rises broadly today even though gains are so far limited. The common currency is lifted by stronger than anticipated Eurozone inflation figures, which suggests that the path to disinflation may be encountering obstacles. This development could providing ammunition to hawks within the ECB Governing Council, to advocate for...

Markets Respond to BoJ’s Dual Tone, Yen Pares Gains While Nikkei Soars

Yen reverses some of yesterday's gains after cautious comments from BoJ Governor Kazuo Ueda, which highlighted that Japan is "not there yet" to reach the long-sought-after sustainable inflation rate of 2%. Ueda's perspective starkly contrasted with the more hawkish tones of Board Member Hajime Takata, who has advocated for...

Dollar Softens Mildly as Inflation Matches Forecasts, Yen Rally Loses Steam

US stock futures bounce while treasury yields weaken following release of January's PCE inflation data, which showed slowdown in both headline and core inflation rates as anticipated. This development provided some relief to investors, who were concerned that disinflation progress might have come to a halt. Fed should remain...

Hawkish BoJ Fuels Yen Surge, Dollar Awaits Crucial PCE Inflation Insights

Japanese Yen rallied broadly in Asian session, energized by hawkish remarks of a BoJ official. These remarks served as a potent reminder to the markets of two critical points: Firstly, BoJ is poised to hike interest rates, buoyed by positive developments in wage negotiations; secondly, while April is viewed...

Dollar and Safe Havens Surge, Bitcoin Soars Past 60K

Dollar, Yen, and Swiss Franc emerge as the predominant winners as markets enter into US session, amidst a backdrop of mild risk-off sentiment. Nevertheless, momentum of these safe-haven currencies remains relatively tempered, holding off major range breakouts across the most traded currency pairs. Traders, particularly those focusing on Dollar,...

Kiwi Dives after RBNZ Hold, Dollar Staging a Comeback

New Zealand Dollar fell significantly in today's Asian session, establishing itself as the day's most underperforming currency at this point. The decline was sparked by RBNZ's decision to maintain interest rate at 5.50%, a move that dashed the hopes of a small segment of the market that had anticipated...

Yen Maintain Gains But Faces Momentum Hurdle, Dollar Indifferent to Weak Durable Goods

As the market transitions into early US session, Yen remains the best performer of the day, riding on Japan's stronger-than-anticipated CPI data. Despite the positive undercurrent, Yen has yet to find decisive buying momentum, suggesting that most traders are still on the sideline. Meanwhile, Australian Dollar trails as the...

Yen Inches Upward as Japan’s CPI Fuels March BoJ Hike Talks

Japanese Yen found modest strength in Asian session today, lifted by stronger than expected consumer inflation data from Japan. At the same time, two-year yield climbed to its highest point since 2011 while Nikkei is steady. The data intensified speculations around BoJ's move to abandon its negative interest rate...

Euro Gains Traction as Markets Eye Japan CPI, Commodity Currencies Lag

The global financial markets are overall very quiet today, marked by a noticeable absence of significant economic data releases or impactful news. Euro emerges as the frontrunner, leading European majors higher, while Yen sees a slight dip in anticipation of Japan's CPI data set to be released tomorrow. Commodity...

Caution Sets In Ahead of RBNZ, Global Inflation Data to Shake Markets

New Zealand Dollar weakens broadly in Asian session today, reflecting market caution ahead the RBNZ decision later this week, on concerns of less hawkish than expected outcome. The selloff in Kiwi is also dragging down Australian Dollar some what, while Yen and Dollar found some room to recover from...

Continued Euphoria Pushes Global Markets to New Records

The past week marked a significant milestone in global financial markets, as major indices like DOW, S&P 500, DAX, CAC, and even Nikkei all reached new record highs, buoyed by the widespread euphoria surrounding artificial intelligence related sectors. This wave of optimism to eclipsed the recalibrated expectations that some...

Yen and Dollar in Weak Positions as Traders Watch US Markets’ Record Rally

As US session gets underway, Yen and Dollar remain the weakest links in the currency markets, reflecting a broader trend of risk appetite among investors. All eyes are now on whether the US stock market can extend its record-setting run. In particular, there is anticipation that NASDAQ could catch...

Market Optimism Hits Highs, Yen and Dollar Falter as Equities Soar to New Heights

The global financial markets is riding a wave of strong risk-on sentiment, propelling DOW and S&P 500 to historical highs overnight, while NASDAQ achieved its best daily gain in over a year. That followed the record closes in DAX, CAC and Nikkei yesterday. This enthusiasm for risk has led...

Yen Falters in Risk-On Environment, Dollar Seeks Comeback With Surging Yields

Global financial markets are currently basking in a robust wave of risk-on sentiment, evidenced by Japan's Nikkei and Europe's Stoxx 600 indices reaching new record highs. The optimism is further bolstered by promising US futures, with the technology sector leading the charge, significantly propelled by Nvidia's impressive results. This...

Japan’s Stock Market Breaks Through the “Iron Coffin Lid”, Yen Broadly Lower

Japanese Yen had a broad-based declined in Asian session today, while Nikkei extended its recent up trend, momentarily reaching a new record high, ending the 34-year wait. This milestone is of considerable psychological significance for Japan, symbolizing the end of over three decades of economic stagnation ensued after the...

Speculations Over Fed’s Next Move Grow Increasingly Complex

Trading activity is relatively subdued today, with most major currency pairs and crosses hovering within the previous day's range. Australian and New Zealand Dollars are showing some resilience, maintaining their position as the firmer currencies, albeit without significant momentum. Swiss Franc has also edged higher in the daily performance...