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Asian markets rise in reaction to US NFP

Asian markets went for a “risk on” session on Monday in reaction to Friday's NFP data in the US. TD Securities analysts explained: “Upward revisions to US historical payrolls data were widely interpreted as a goldilocks report: good enough to show traction in the economy but not so good as to spark FOMC tightening expectations”, wrote Annette Beacher.

Japan's Nikkei Stock Average resumed its trend and gained +0.62%, China's Shanghai Composite rose +0.31%, Hong Kong's Hang Seng moved higher, by +0.35%, like most Asian equity indexes, while South Korea's Kospi lost -0.23%.
Futures for the German DAX 30 (-0.05%) and the French CAC 40 (+0.09%) ahead of EMU PPI, Sentix Investor Confidence and Rajoy-Merkel meeting. WTI crude oil is up to $97.50 (-0.30%) and Gold eases to $1670.88 (+0.12%).

Forex: GBP/USD regains 1.5700

The sterling has managed to recover ground lost overnight and trade back in the proximities of the now key resistance at 1.5700 on Monday, ahead of the UK Halifax House prices. Prior surveys expect the...
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Forex: USD/JPY on to new daily gains

The USD/JPY reached a new high on today's Asian session, on the back of a “risk on” move after Friday's NFP and on the usual Yen easing. After hitting 92.80, the market weakened coming to as low as 92.56 at 07:00 GMT, from where it is rapidly bouncing.
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