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FOREX: Risk appetite was dampened in early Asia-Pac trade on the back of global
trade tensions re: Chinese tech companies & potential delays to U.S. trade talks
with Japan & the EU.
- JPY outperformed at the margin, with USD/JPYsession. The Nikkei 225 & U.S. equity futures trade marginally lower. Worthnoting BoJ Gov Kuroda spoke overnight stressing the need to eye the impact ofunconventional policy.- NZD underperformed amidst talk of some modest NZ funding pressure around theupcoming NZ holiday, in the aftermath of a soft REINZ house sales print.- Sterling traded mixed after PM May survived yesterday's no-confidence vote (asexp.) and proceeded to cross-party talks re: Brexit, which the Labour Party'sCorbyn refused to attend unless the prospect of "no deal" is formally removed.- USD was relatively firm, although no prospects of ending the ongoing gov'tshutdown any time soon have emerged.- Focus today turns to EZ CPI (f) & U.S. initial jobless claims. Elsewhere,ECB's Lautenschlaeger, Fed's Quarles & EU Brexit negotiator Barnier will speak.