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It
was a quiet session across major FX ahead of the US and Canadian
holidays coming up today. Major exchanges are closed in the US on
Monday (note that the CME Sunday evening Globex session is open as I
post, but trade will halt for Monday – see post above for time
details).

Eyes
were on China, where markets reopened after the week-long New Year holiday. Leading into Monday’s reopen was the news from the People’s
Bank of China over the weekend that the Medium-term Lending Facility
(MLF) rate was left unchanged. An unchanged MLF is usually followed by an unchanged LPR setting, but rumours continue to swirl about the potential for a cut to the 5-year rate. The rate setting is tomorrow, the 20th, at 0115 GMT, which is on the 19th at 2015 US Eastern time.

Chinese
equity markets opened a little higher but have shown no follow-through higher to speak of.

News
and data flow here on the day was very light.

There
are reports out of the Red Sea that a commercial vessel was the
subject of a Houthi terrorist attack. The crew are said to have
abandoned the ship. Oil is more or less unchanged on the session.



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