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Session Recap: USD broadly lower, Gold higher; Aus & NZ closed over holiday

FXstreet.com (Barcelona) - The USD started to selling off across the board as soon as Tokyo opened in the Asia-Pacific while Australia and New Zealand have been closed for holidays. The USD has been rejected from the 83 handle in the spot index, making EUR/USD to print session highs at 1.3062, AUD/USD at 1.0324, GBP/USD at 1.5335, and NZD/USD at 0.8543, while USD/CHF lower at 0.9447, and USD/JPY at 99.31.

Open local share markets have traded all in the green without exception, lead by Hong-Kong gaining +1.21%, Nikkei +0.62%, Kospi +0.44% and Shanghai reversing from -1% to current +0.17%. Gold also rallied to fresh weekly highs at $1446 last, with Oil breaking above fresh 2-week highs at last $91.5. US bonds have eased back to flat for the week leaving 10 year note yields above the 1.70%.

On other currencies, the PBoC set the Yuan reference range rate at its highest against the USD 6.23, while South Korean GDP for the 1Q came in better than expected at +0.9% vs +0.6%.

Main headlines in the Asian session:

Bank of Canada’s Carney: Reiterates that higher rates will likely be needed

DJ: Greece to seek war reparations from Germany

Wall Street closes mixed on bad US data and earnings

Holiday in Australia and New Zealand today

Commodities Brief: Oil shrugs off weak economic data, closes up +2.33%

Press: RBA to put $1.9bn, 5pc of currency assets, into Chinese sovereign bonds

Forex: USD/JPY consolidation continues as BoJ rate decision nears

Forex: GBP/JPY breaks above 152 on Pound strength

Forex: EUR/USD quietly edges higher during Asia session

Forex: AUD/USD drifting higher towards resistance at 1.0345

Forex: GBP/USD maintains firm bid in Asia trade, UK GDP data on tap

Forex: NZD/USD shoots above 0.85 on USD weakness

Forex: GBP/USD buoyed by Verizon/Vodafone buzz

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