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Asia-Pacific indices are experiencing a moderately positive session, remaining in slight positive territory. The Japanese Nikkei 225 is up by 1.05%, the Korean KOSPI is up by 0.60%, and the Australian S&P/ASX200 is up by 0.05%.

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  • Asia-Pacific indices are experiencing a moderately positive session, remaining in slight positive territory. The Japanese Nikkei 225 is up by 1.05%, the Korean KOSPI is up by 0.60%, and the Australian S&P/ASX200 is up by 0.05%.
  • Chinese indices are having a mixed session after very dynamic gains in recent days. The HSCEI index is down by 0.10%, the HSI index is up by 0.10%, and Singapore’s SG20 index is down by 0.60%.
  • European index futures indicate a steady opening for the cash session. DAX futures are down by 0.10%, while UK futures are up by around 0.05%.
  • In the forex market, movements in the first half of the day are relatively moderate. The dollar (USD) is one of the stronger currencies, gaining between 0.1% and 0.6%. Among the weakest currencies are the AUD, NZD, and JPY. The USDJPY pair is up by 0.30% to 156,750.
  • Japan’s industrial production report for March showed a 3.8% month-on-month increase, compared to expectations of 3.4% and a 0.6% decline the previous month. This rise was due to a rebound in car production, which makes up the bulk of Japan’s industrial production.
  • Retail sales in Japan rose by 1.2% year-on-year in March, significantly lower than expectations of 2.5% and compared to 4.7% in February. The reading indicated low consumer spending despite expectations of higher wages, resulting in lower inflationary pressure in the coming months.
  • Japan’s unemployment rate in March remained unchanged compared to the previous month, at 2.6%.
  • The Caixin PMI report for China’s non-manufacturing sector was 51.2 in April, down from 53 in March. The manufacturing PMI for April was 50.4, slightly higher than expectations of 50.3.
  • Retail sales in Australia fell by 0.4% month-on-month in March, compared to expectations of a 0.2% increase and compared to the previous reading of 0.3%.
  • Bitcoin is down by 0.64% to $63,400, but the price managed to rebound from yesterday’s levels below $63,000. Ethereum is down by 1.40% to $3,170.

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