Forex news for Asian trading on Monday, 23 October 2023

War continued in the Middle East with continuing air strikes into Gaza, Hezbollah attacks from Lebanon and missile strikes on two airports in Syria. In more encouraging news, truck convoys entered Gaza with some aid supplies. The lack of serious escalation provided some relief for markets, seeing some flows back into ‘risk’ (US equity index futures popped on the Globex reopen for the week, for example) while some of the premium was sapped from oil, gold and the CHF.

USD/JPY popped above 150.10 very briefly in very early trade in Asia on Monday. The pop was almost instantly reversed and subsequently the pair have stalled back around 149.80/90 or so for most of the session. As I post the pair is circa 149.93.

EUR/USD dribbled a little lower, in a small range.

Chinese equities remained under pressure.

Hong Kong and New Zealand markets were closed for a holiday Monday.

Bitcoin traded higher also:

btcusd wrap chart 23 October 2023