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Session Recap: Thin ranges in Asia as Eastern nears, while wondering if Cyprus banks will open tomorrow

FXstreet.com (Barcelona) - An Asian session that had a very slow open, it started picking up steam once Shanghai and Hong-Kong opened, and USD broke marginally above the 83.00 round ask line in the index, presumably on some stops being triggered given very thin markets, which took USD/JPY to session highs around 94.90, EUR/USD and AUD/USD to session lows at 1.2837 and 1.0460 respectively.

Japan PM Abe had a speech before parliament, and once again repeated on the compromise to rise inflation to 2%, while noted recent weakness in Yen had helped improve economic conditions in the nation. Local share markets moved mostly higher over all, with Australian ASX index in the leading group posting +0.9% gains. Oil held above recent three day gains above the $95 mark, while Gold remained mostly unchanged barely below the $1600 handle.

As Eastern holidays get closer, with Australia and New Zealand closed over Friday, at the same time month and fiscal end for some, markets are getting thinner, which will translate in smaller trading ranges while there's liquidity around, and wild spikes as soon as this liquidity dries and some market players want to take advantage of such low volume conditions, which help moving markets with small relative amounts.

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