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OPTIONS: Another firm day for currency options volumes, with most majors all
posting well above average turnover for this time of day. USD/JPY is the most
actively traded, closely followed by USD/CNY and EUR/USD but AUD- crosses and
USD/INR are also having busy sessions.
- Vol markets are more mixed, with no major gyrations in implied contracts
across DMFX. Elsewhere, vol gains are seen among some Asia-Pac currencies as
they break out of the year's range - most notably in KRW, IDR and THB.
- The removal of China from the US Treasury's currency manipulator watchlist has
helped stimulate some activity, with USD/CNY downside protection in clear demand
from the off. Put strikes at 6.8300, 6.7655 and 6.6235 garnered the most
attention thanks to one of the more notable trades crossing in Asia Pac hours: a
$250mln 6.6235/6.7655 six-month put spread.
-  While risk appetite appears to be stabilising, there hasn't been much of an
uptick in USD/JPY calls. Nonetheless, USD/JPY 6m risk reversals continue to
climb, today hitting the highest levels since April last year.
MNI London Bureau | +44 203-865-3809 | edward.hardy@marketnews.com