|02:30 EDT||FX Update: The main currencies are near net unchanged|
FX Update: The main currencies are near net unchanged, with the yen having given back intraday gains as most stock markets in Asia rallied, and with oil prices consolidating yesterday's gains. The biggest mover has been the Aussie dollar, which is up 0.4% versus the greenback and by 0.7% against the Kiwi dollar. Australia Q4 CPI came a little hotter than expected, rising to 0.4% q/q, above the median forecast for 0.3%. This contrasted last week's NZ inflation for the same period, which undershoot expectations in falling to 0.1% q/q, propelling AUD-NZD to a seven-week peak at 1.0870. Most dollar pairings, meanwhile, have remained well within respective ranges from yesterday. USD-JPY dipped to a low of 118.04 before recouping above 118.30, and EUR-USD remained mired in the 1.08s. The CNY remained steady, while Chinese December data showed industrial profits contracting 4.7% in December while consumer sentiment ticked up. Moody's said that Beijing's policy support in the pursuit of growth in 2016 will have a credit-negative effect of postponing deleveraging and the reduction of excess capacity.