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Asian share markets are green across the board as risk sentiment firms once again with a very solid lead from Wall Street overnight. The USD is still in mild retreat mode from its own reversal with Euro pushing above the 1.02 handle while the Australian dollar firms above the 69 level. Oil prices are moderating again with Brent crude sliding back to the $106USD per barrel level, while gold is trying to find a bottom here with price still hovering around the $1710USD per ounce level:
Mainland Chinese share markets are pushing higher before the lunch break with the Shanghai Composite up 0.7% to 3301 points while the Hang Seng Index has advanced further to recover its previous losses, currently up 1.7% at 21020. Japanese stock markets are the standouts in risk taking however, with the Nikkei 225 up more than 2.5% to blast up to the 27624 point level while the USDJPY pair has stabilised just above the 138 handle:
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Australian stocks have done very well in today’s session, with the ASX200 currently up at least 1.5% at 6750 points. The Australian dollar was able to expand on its overnight move higher, as traders react to the very hawkish RBA minutes with the 69 handle well supported so far for a new weekly high:
Eurostoxx and US futures are lifting nicely as we head into the European open, with the S&P500 four hourly futures chart showing price action pushing well above the 3900 point level that equated to the former weekly highs before last night’s big rally:
The economic calendar ramps up again with the latest UK core inflation then US existing home sales.