May 23: Asian session
Asian shares rose, with the regional benchmark heading for a 4-month high, after data showed US manufacturing expanded and as the yen held yesterday’s losses. MSCI Asia Pacific Index added 0.5% to 141.03 heading for the highest close since Jan. 1. Nikkei 225 rose by almost 1%. USD/JPY edged up to 101.85.
AUD/USD recovered into the $0.9250 area after hitting a session low of $0.9215. NZD/USD hovers in a tight $0.8555/75 range. Gold price consolidates around $1295 after having tested the levels above $1300 yesterday.
EUR/USD declined to $1.3640. Euro weakened ahead of data that may show German business cclimate index fell and amid concerns that euro-skeptic parties will gain ground in elections for the European Union Parliament. GBP/USD edged up to $1.6870.