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FOREX: The USD advanced at the expense of the high-yielders, with the DXY
closing above the 100-DMA for the first time since December.
- The climb down in tensions on both the Korean peninsula & across the China-US
trade table allowed US yields to climb, which supported the greenback as US
10-Year yields threatened to top 3.00% at one point.
- The dollar's gain came at the expense of high yielding and emerging FX, with
currencies from the PLN to the ZAR down over 1% against the USD.
- The strong dollar also weighed on commodities, and as a result, commodity
currencies. This saw the NZDUSD looks close below its 200-DMA for the first time
since January, with AUD & CAD also lower.
- The JPY was offered across the board despite equity markets looking less than
healthy: the Nikkei 225 closed lower by 0.3%, but the rise in US yields kept
USDJPY bid, last at 108.70.
- The most notable risk event in the Asia-Pacific session comes in the form of
Australian CPI, with focus then turning to German IFO, US new home sales & a
speech from ECB's Villeroy.