|02:15 EDT||FX Update: The USD came under pressure against the AUD|
FX Update: The USD came under pressure against the AUD, which rallied on a stellar Australian jobs report, the JPY, which gained on hawkish sounding BoJ-speak, and the EUR, which extended to a 17-day high of 1.3870 in the early Asia session before settling under 1.3850. In the mix was China's March trade report, where unexpected weakness in exports and a sharp drop in imports fed concerns about economic slowdown. The saw Asia stocks give most intraday gains. Japanese stocks underperformed as the yen strengthened after BoJ's Miyao said that Japanâs economic recovery is becoming more broad-based, which further eroded expectations for further monetary stimulus. Japan's machinery orders for February also fell 8.8% m/m, below expectations, and China Premier Li downplayed the need for fresh stimulus. AUD-USD had made a new four-month peak to 0.9440 following the solid Australian jobs report, which showed a 18.1k headline gain and a dip in the jobless rate to 5.8%, but was knocked back to the 0.9400 area by the China trade numbers.