Forex news for Asia trading Friday 22 May 2020
Major FX maintained small ranges only here during the Asian session
today with small moves in the USD broadly. As I update the small
strength in the US dollar is persisting.
The major items of
interest during the session were
- Japan CPI (low, again),
- the BOJ ’emergency’ meeting (despite the Japanese April inflation report showing falling headline rate and core inflation slipping negative, the Bank of Japan once again made no changes to monetary stimulus, although they did start a new small business lending program)
- and the sitting of China’s annual parliament (National People’s
announced it was not setting a GDP target for this year, citing the
virus outbreak and heightened uncertainties. Their report did set out
other partial economic goals and also remarked on monetary policy.
Another piece of information that was keenly awaited (from a
political perspective) was what the parliament would be doing about
the unrest in Hong Kong (US President Trump had earlier said he’d
“react strongly” to China if it pushes ahead with its plans
to impose a new security law on HK. While the NPC confirmed that it
does plan to pass a bill establishing “an enforcement mechanism
for ensuring national security” for Hong Kong there were no no
details provided. The mere mention that the NPC had plans was enough
to push HK stocks lower on the session (the Hang Seng index is down
circa 3.5% as I write this).
mentioned, ranges were subdued. EUR, GBP, AUD, NZD, CAD all fell
against the USD. USD/JPY popped early in the session to above 107.75
briefly but has since fallen away 20 or so points. Oil fell, WTI and Brent both down around a dollar.
Fitch affirmed Australia’s rating at AAA but set the outlook to negative from its previous stable.