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FOREX: It was a fairly quiet start to a busy week. Investors weighed U.S.
President Trump's relatively hard-line remarks re: Huawei (he labelled the firm
a "national security threat") against earlier press reports suggesting that U.S.
Commerce Dep't may extend a reprieve given to China's tech giant that allows it
to buy supplies from U.S. companies. All in all, however, risk sentiment was
positive, with participants bearing in mind the distinction between U.S.
administration's actions vs. Huawei, and what is allowed for private enterprise.
- NZD was the worst G10 performer, with BBG citing reported AUD/NZD purchases on
the perception of easing U.S.-China tensions. CHF fared only slightly better,
failing to recover from an early dip driven by broader risk-on flows.
- Japanese Jul trade deficit was wider than projected, after a Y589.6bn surplus
registered in Jun, while both exports and imports shrunk. JPY shrugged off the
release; most JPY crosses oscillate around neutral levels.
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