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‍The overnight bullish tone around the US dollar extended into Asia this Wednesday, as the dust settled over the new Chair Powell’s Congressional testimony, which cheered the hawks. However, the JPY bulls fought back control following the reports that the BoJ trimmed the purchases of JGBs with 25-40 years maturity. Meanwhile, the Antipodeans remained depressed on the Chinese PMIs miss and downbeat OZ fundamentals.

Among other related markets, the Asian equities were dragged lower by the Nikkei 225 index, in the wake of the renewed JPY strength. Both crude benchmarks traded in the red zone while gold prices were little changed near $ 1318 levels.

Main topics in Asia

The Australian Treasury Secretary, Fraser, offering positive assessment of Aussie economy

Australia Treas Sec Fraser: Budget surplus targets remain on track.

China PMI: Manufacturing, Services PMI both miss estimates, AUD exposed to short-side risks

Chinese Manufacturing and Services PMI came in at a miss, and market reaction looks set to send the Aussie lower for it.

Canada’s FinMin Morneau: Interest rates still accommodative

Reuters reports comments from the Canadian Finance Minister Morneau, delivered in an interview following the budget release earlier.

BOJ has reduced purchases of JGBs with 25-40 years to maturity by JPY 10 billion

The news is crossing the wires via Bloomberg that Bank of Japan (BOJ) has reduced the purchases of Japanese Government Bonds (JGBs) maturing in 25 to 40 years to JPY 70 billion vs. JPY 80 billion previous. 

NZD/USD - Off 19-day low, is a corrective rally on the cards?

The NZD/USD has recovered from the 19-day low of 0.7220 and could move above the 50-day moving average (MA) of 0.7245, given the relative strength index (RSI) on the 1-hour chart has begun to diverge in favor of the NZD bulls.

Key Focus ahead

Another busy session on the cards today, with the Gfk consumer climate and unemployment change numbers due to be released out of Germany while from the Euroland, we have the flash CPI estimate dropping in at 1000 GMT.

Looking ahead, the NA session also holds plenty of risk events, including the Canadian RMPI data, followed by the US prelim GDP, Chicago PMI and pending home sales releases. The official US government crude supplies data, as reported by the EIA, will also remain in focus for fresh trading impetus in oil prices and the CAD.

EUR/USD risks double top bearish reversal on widening mon pol divergence

The bearish double top reversal may happen today if the Eurozone preliminary CPI prints below expectations and the second estimate of the US Q4 shows the economy expanded at a faster rate than previously reported.           

GBP/USD hoping to hold onto 1.39 ahead of EU CPI, US GDP

The Sterling fell against the US Dollar in Tuesday's trading, spurred on by Fed chairman Jerome Powell's surprisingly bullish take on the US economy.

Source: fxstreet.com

‍The overnight bullish tone around the US dollar extended into Asia this Wednesday, as the dust settled over the new Chair Powell’s Congressional testimony, which cheered the hawks. However, the JPY bulls fought back control following the reports that the BoJ trimmed the purchases of JGBs with 25-40 years maturity. Meanwhile, the Antipodeans remained depressed on the Chinese PMIs miss and downbeat OZ fundamentals.

Among other related markets, the Asian equities were dragged lower by the Nikkei 225 index, in the wake of the renewed JPY strength. Both crude benchmarks traded in the red zone while gold prices were little changed near $ 1318 levels.

Main topics in Asia

The Australian Treasury Secretary, Fraser, offering positive assessment of Aussie economy

Australia Treas Sec Fraser: Budget surplus targets remain on track.

China PMI: Manufacturing, Services PMI both miss estimates, AUD exposed to short-side risks

Chinese Manufacturing and Services PMI came in at a miss, and market reaction looks set to send the Aussie lower for it.

Canada’s FinMin Morneau: Interest rates still accommodative

Reuters reports comments from the Canadian Finance Minister Morneau, delivered in an interview following the budget release earlier.

BOJ has reduced purchases of JGBs with 25-40 years to maturity by JPY 10 billion

The news is crossing the wires via Bloomberg that Bank of Japan (BOJ) has reduced the purchases of Japanese Government Bonds (JGBs) maturing in 25 to 40 years to JPY 70 billion vs. JPY 80 billion previous. 

NZD/USD - Off 19-day low, is a corrective rally on the cards?

The NZD/USD has recovered from the 19-day low of 0.7220 and could move above the 50-day moving average (MA) of 0.7245, given the relative strength index (RSI) on the 1-hour chart has begun to diverge in favor of the NZD bulls.

Key Focus ahead

Another busy session on the cards today, with the Gfk consumer climate and unemployment change numbers due to be released out of Germany while from the Euroland, we have the flash CPI estimate dropping in at 1000 GMT.

Looking ahead, the NA session also holds plenty of risk events, including the Canadian RMPI data, followed by the US prelim GDP, Chicago PMI and pending home sales releases. The official US government crude supplies data, as reported by the EIA, will also remain in focus for fresh trading impetus in oil prices and the CAD.

EUR/USD risks double top bearish reversal on widening mon pol divergence

The bearish double top reversal may happen today if the Eurozone preliminary CPI prints below expectations and the second estimate of the US Q4 shows the economy expanded at a faster rate than previously reported.           

GBP/USD hoping to hold onto 1.39 ahead of EU CPI, US GDP

The Sterling fell against the US Dollar in Tuesday's trading, spurred on by Fed chairman Jerome Powell's surprisingly bullish take on the US economy.

Source: fxstreet.com

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