In Asia Tuesday markets remained closed in:

  • China
  • Hong Kong
  • Singapore

for Lunar New Year holidays. The full list of the extended Asian timezone holidays can be found here:

The absence of key markets meant thin liquidity trade in the region.

News flow was limited. We did get preliminary PMIs for January from Australia and Japan. These tend to be have only a very limited impact, if any at all, on forex rates.

Australian business confidence data showed a small improvement in January, while business conditions dropped lower, to still solid levels historically though, January came in at 12 vs. a long run average around 5 (see bullet above for more detail on the NAB report).

The USD is mixed on the session and in mainly small ranges.

USD/JPY has dribbled lower, retracing some of its Monday upmove.

Asian equity markets:

  • Japan’s Nikkei 225 +1.4%

  • Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 +0.4%

Japan's Nikkei index has recovered its losses from the BOJ shock announcement in December:

Japan nikkei boj jgb 24 January 2023