Japan FinMin Aso: Will be watching FX market closely for US election volatility, may need to intervene in FX as response
Asian shares edge up as investors cautiously optimistic on Clinton win – RTRS
Dollar steady ahead of U.S. presidential election – RTRS
Markets have calmed down ahead of the US elections, which will take place today. We should get the first poll results around midnight GMT, while the earliest possible time the election will be called for either candidate is around 04:00 GMT (Wednesday morning).
The market is clearly pricing in a Clinton victory, as global stock indices rallied, along with risk currencies like the AUD and NZD. Emerging markets currencies have benefited as well, with the Mexican Peso rising to 18.50 against the Dollar.
Overnight, the US Dollar appreciated slightly against the other majors. The Australian Dollar was the worst performing currency following weaker than expected domestic business confidence data, as well as poor Chinese trade data. AUD/USD fell from 0.7730 to a low of 0.7690, before bouncing back to 0.7705. NZD came under pressure as well, and declined from 0.7350 to 0.7320 against the Dollar.
EUR/USD traded between 1.1030 and 1.1050 overnight, while Cable spent the Asian session in a 1.2385 and 1.2405 range. USD/JPY consolidated after the sharp rally yesterday, and was caught in a 104.30-60 range.