From Japan over the weekend was a JiJi report saying the Bank of Japan will drop its YCC policy at the March 18 and 19 meeting, replacing it with a program indicating in advance the amount of Japanese Government Bonds it plans to purchase. From Japan today we had revised Q4 GDP data. The country averted a recession, with revised official data showing the economy expanded 0.4% in the October-December period last year, the preliminary figures had shown a contraction.

USD/JPY fell to just under 146.60 before recovering to be little changed on the session.

From China over the weekend were inflation data for February. The y/y CPI jumped back into positive territory, the first month of inflation after four months of deflation. The PPI, though, fell into deeper deflation.

Movement across major FX rates was subdued. Ranges have been small only.

Asia-Pacific equity markets were mixed after Wall Street traded softer again on Friday. Japan’s Nikkei 225 dropped more than 2%, being beaten down by the stronger yen and losses for chip stocks. China’s Shanghai Composite is down small while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng rose.

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