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Asian Market Wrap: 10-year Treasury yields are up 0.2 bp at 2.875%, slightly down from overnight heights, 10-year JGB yields are down -0.2 bp at 0.098%. Asian stocks headed further south on route for the worst week since March. Tech stock earnings, trade jitters and emerging market risks remain in focus and continue to weigh on confidence although at least emerging market stocks seemed somewhat steadier albeit in a bearish market. Topix and Nikkei dropped -0.59% and -0.93% respectively, the Hang Seng lost -0.78% and the CSI 300 is down -0.105, after shedding early gains. US futures are heading south and oil prices are little changed with the front end Nymex future trading at USD 67.83 per barrel.
FX Action: USDJPY and AUDJPY have dropped further today, the former clipping a 16-day low at 110.38 and the latter falling by over 0.5% on route to posting fresh 22-month lows. The story remains the same, with the Yen being underpinned by safe haven demand and the Aussie Dollar underperforming due to Australia’s exposure to China, which looks set to find the US hiking tariff rates on another $200 bln worth of its exports. There are also reports that Trump is thinking of opening up a new front in his trade war with Japan. The general view seems to be that the US will proceed with ratcheting-up the trade war, with the Trump administration firmly in the belief that it is winning. Emerging market stress and tech sector weakness are also in the mix, while today’s US jobs report, on a brighter note, is expected to be strong.
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