- China reports better-than-expected trade surplus led by exports
- Data hinting at the stabilization of industry on the mainland could lead to regional growth
- Investors likely navigating towards risk-on sentiment; Carry-trades, Nikkei futures higher, Yen lower
Yen crosses traded higher at the open as data over the weekend reported a better-than-expected Chinese trade surplus. In August, exports grew 7.2 percent year-over-year to beat expectations for a more modest 5.5 percent. Imports slowed to 7.0 percent from 10.9 the previous month while economists had expected a slight uptick. This release likely reinforces recent data showing a stabilization of the Chinese economy. As the world’s second largest economy, a pickup on the mainland could translate to regional economic growth. Investors likely moved to capitalize on such expectations with risk-on positions that sent the safe-haven Yen lower. Indeed, Nikkei futures traded higher while the Japanese Yen fell lower.
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Source: FXCM Marketscope
Jimmy Yang, DailyFX Research Team