The risk-on sentiment was the underlying theme in Asia this Wednesday, as the dust settles over the US-China trade war fears. The Asian equity markets return to the green zone while Treasury yields clung to the overnight gains. The US dollar, however, failed to benefit from higher Treasury yields and offered support to most majors.
The Aussie was the biggest gainer and tested the 0.7250 level, as the sentiment was lifted after the Chinese Premier Li said that China won’t devalue the Yuan to stimulate the exports. The Kiwi followed suit and regained the 0.66 handle. The USD/JPY pair was little changed on the BoJ’s status-quo and consolidated around 112.35. The Loonie was better bid amid hopes of the NAFTA deal and positive oil prices. Meanwhile, the GBP reversed the early spike to 1.3175 on Brexit headlines and consolidated near 1.3150 levels heading into the UK CPI release.
Main topics in Asia
Brexit headlines coming through, pound piercing recent highs
NZ: Q2 current account deficit widens to 3.3% of GDP – Westpac
UK Prime Minister Theresa May: The EU must show goodwill for a Brexit deal
China will use trade war with US to replace imports – state media
China Premier Li: China won't devalue currency to stimulate exports
BoJ leaves monetary policy unchanged
BoJ leaves unchanged forward guidance on rates and economic assessment
BoJ’s Kataoka dissents from view that inflation will accelerate toward 2%
Key Focus ahead
Today’s EUR calendar remains relatively busy, with the UK CPI report for the month of August to headline. The Eurozone current account and construction output data will be also published. The UK headline CPI is expected to come in a tad softer at 2.4% y/y vs. 2.5% previous while core figures are also seen lower at 1.8% y/y vs. 1.9% last. Meanwhile, the BOE Chief Economist Andy Haldane’s speech due at 0800 GMT will also remain in focus.
In the NA session, the US housing data will be reported alongside the current account data at 1230 GMT, followed by the EIA crude stocks data at 1430 GMT. Besides, the ECB President Draghi’s speech will also grab a lot of eyeballs ahead of New Zealand’s Q2 GDP release at 2245 GMT.
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New Zealand Q2 GDP seen lower at 0.5% – Westpac
Analysts at Westpac offer their view on New Zealand’s Q2 GDP release due on the cards at 2245 GMT later on Wednesday.