• AUD leads, USD lags on the day
  • European equities higher; S&P 500 futures up 0.4%
  • US 10-year yields up 4.6 bps to 4.302%
  • Gold up 0.3% to $1,924.28
  • WTI crude down 0.6% to $86.96
  • Bitcoin down 1.1% to $25,609

The major story so far today remains the surge in the Japanese yen, following weekend comments by BOJ governor Ueda touting a "quiet exit" from the current ultra easy monetary policy settings.

As European trading began, USD/JPY extended losses by over 1% in a drop to 145.90 before recovering back to around 146.70 levels now - still down by 0.7% or 100 pips on the day.

The unwinding in USD/JPY longs also led to a notable decline in the dollar across the board. The antipodeans benefited the most amid a jump in the Chinese yuan as well, helped by some support from Beijing.

AUD/USD is up 0.9% to 0.6430 and keeping at the highs while NZD/USD is up 0.6% to 0.5915, also maintaining gains for the most part.

The euro and pound are only marginally higher against the dollar with EUR/USD up 0.2% to 1.0720 and GBP/USD up 0.4% to 1.2510 with the latter hoping to stop a run of four straight consecutive daily losses.

As the yen legged higher, it comes as 10-year JGB yields also hit the 0.70% threshold and that is underpinning bond yields in general. 10-year Treasury yields are up 4.6 bps to 4.302%, so that is also one to watch as it threatens the August highs. The dollar might be pressed lower now but higher yields could yet be a saving grace for the greenback.

In the equities space, stocks are capitalising on the softer dollar with European indices and US futures holding a slight advance. But we'll see if there is appetite to keep that going through the week, with the US CPI report coming up on Wednesday.