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The Aussie and Kiwi took more hits as higher bond yields from other major economies put downward pressure on the high-yielding comdolls.

  • Australia and New Zealand markets out on Anzac Day holiday
  • Japan’s all industries activity index up by 0.4% vs. 0.6% expected, -1.1% previous

Major Events/Reports:

Mixed risk sentiment

Another day, another chance to wait for fresh catalysts! Unfortunately, Asian session market players only had the previous session’s headlines to trade by.

Specifically, weaknesses in U.S. equities translated to losses for the Asian bourses today.

  • Nikkei is down by 0.38% to 22,194.4
  • Hang Seng is down by 0.84% to 30,378.9
  • Shanghai index is down by 0.31% to 3,119.305

Meanwhile, commodities reflected stronger demand for the Greenback following another pop in U.S. bond yields. Crude oil managed to temper its losses this time, though.

  • Gold is down by 0.15% to $1,328.23
  • Brent crude oil is down by 0.01% to $72.84
  • U.S. WTI is down by 0.03% to $67.68.

Major Market Mover(s):

AUD/USD is down by 20 pips (-0.26%) to .7584
AUD/JPY is down by 6 pips (-0.07%) to 82.67
EUR/AUD is up by 32 pips (+0.20%) to 1.6117
GBP/AUD is up by 55 pips (+0.30%) to 1.8433

NZD/USD is down by 17 pips (-0.23%) to .7102
NZD/CAD is down by 20 pips (-0.22%) to .9116
EUR/NZD is up by 33 pips (+0.19%) to 1.7212
GBP/NZD is up by 57 pips (+0.29%) to 1.9685

Watch Out For:

  • Italy’s markets out on Liberation Day holiday
  • 8:00 am GMT: Switzerland’s Credit Suisse economic expectations