Japan Reuters Tankan Manufacturers Index Aug: 1 (prev 3)
Japan All Industry Activity Index (MoM) Jun: 1.0% (est 0.9%, prev -1.0%, rev -1.3%)
PBOC Fixes Yuan Reference Rate at 6.6211 (prev 6.6273)
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Brent crude oil prices dip on U.S. profit taking – RTRS
Dollar nurses losses vs euro after Fed minutes quash hawks' hopes – RTRS
The US Dollar regained some strength overnight after hawkish comments from Fed's Williams. EUR/USD fell from 1.1365 in the early Asian session to a low of 1.1327, while GBP/USD declined from 1.3180 to 1.3130. GBP/USD has been bid in the past few sessions amid a short squeeze, but it ran into decent resistance now at 1.3170/80 and the rally could stall here. Meanwhile, USD/JPY is back above 100. Many traders expected a sharp sell-off once the 100 level was taken out, but that did not happen and the pair continues to consolidate. While there have not been any signs of a BoJ intervention yet, they are closely watching.
The commodity currencies declined overnight. The Australian Dollar lost 0.60 % and fell from 0.7690 to 0.7625 against the US Dollar. Meanwhile, the New Zealand Dollar declined from 0.7290 to 0.7240. USD/CAD bounced off 1.2765 support and made it to 1.2810 overnight, but remains under pressure overall, as Oil prices continue to rally.