Major FX rates stayed in fairly small ranges throughout the session here. China and Hong Kong were both out today for the Dragon Boat Festival holiday. Looking ahead, the UK remains on holiday today also, for a four-day Jubilee weekend.

News flow was light only. US President Biden is to visit Saudi Arabia (this has been in the pipeline for weeks but more news dribbled out late in the US afternoon) and will meet the country’s Crown Prince. US/Saudi relations seem to be warming somewhat, OPEC agreed to boost its output of oil beyond pre-agreed limits at its meeting yesterday (Thursday).

For data we had services PMIs. Japan’s showed service sector activity growing at its fastest pace in 6 months in May. South Korea inflation continues to rise, headline and core rates hit highs not seen in over a decade in the data release today.

Europe is likely to carry on with subdued ranges ahead of the US data due at 8.30 am New York time (1230 GMT), the nonfarm payroll report.

AUD/USD tracked mainly sideways:

audusd wrap chart 03 June 2022