FX option expiries for 19 April 10am New York cut

A look at what is on the board for today A couple of notable ones as highlighted in above. bold For USD/JPY, that could keep price action more sticky for now but as sellers hold below 109.00, there is still conviction to be chasing a push lower especially if Treasury yields are off the pace and US

Japan February final industrial production -1.3% vs -2.1% m/m prelim

Latest data released by METI - 19 April 2021 Slight delay in the release by the source. The preliminary release can be found . The positive revision here is comforting but overall factory output remains rather subdued, as overall conditions are rather weak considering the fallout from the virus crisis.

Germany reports 11,437 new coronavirus cases, 92 deaths in latest update today

A bit of a lower count due to lesser testing over the weekend The 7-day incidence rate keeps higher at 165.3 so that is still cause for concern in Germany, as total deaths exceed 80,000 since the start of the pandemic now. Meanwhile, total active cases across the country is seen at ~286,500.

Coming up Tuesday in Asia - People's Bank of China and Reserve Bank of Australia

Reserve Bank of Australia Minutes of the April 2021 Monetary Policy Meeting are due Tuesday 20 April 2021. RBA policy is very much on hold for now, there will be no indication in the minutes of any change on the near term horizon. 

China - Huaraong has rapid bend debt due April 18

ArticleBody Recent weeks have seen markets buzzing with worries over a default by the firm:  Markets pondering the implications of (China's) Huarong debt - will it default? And , this:

CME Group is not launching dogecoin futures

One of the more fanciful tweets over the past 24 hours is that the CME will be launching Dogecoin futures. They will not. The end.  OK not quite the end. The rumour of the launch was, and still is, unsourced. Good luck to all those DOGE folks out there and well done if long, but this is a

Weekend ICYMI - 2 die in Tesla crash (no one was in the driver's seat)

Posting this as an ICYMI, not good news for the victims nor for TSLA. The crash is still being investigated.  Unconfirmed reports the car failed to negotiate a curve, veered off the road. Questions are being raised about the operation of Teslas semi-automated driving system.

NZ PM Ardern on the next travel bubble steps (Australia-NZ bubble opened today)

Travel between New Zealand and Australia is now available, quarantine-free.  This the 'travel bubble between the two countries that has had a rocky path but is finally here. For now at least. 

ForexLive Asia FX news wrap: Weekend BTC dump

Forex news for Asia trading for Monday 19 April 2021 Bitcoin dropped sharply over the weekend. Various explanations have been offered up: The price of the crypto has stabilised somewhat in the past few hours, BTC/USD is back above US$57K as I post.

Osaka's Governor to request a state of emergency declaration

Case loads rising in Osaka as the COVID-19 situation worsens again. Governor Yoshimura to request the declaration from Japan's national government to help put measures in place to combat the spread. 

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