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Article / 21 September 2016 at 7:17 GMT

Morning Markets: One down, one to go


The first of today's twin central bank policy meetings is done and dusted and equities globally are rallying in response to the Bank of Japan's decision to keep interest rates steady, retain the quantitative easing magnitude, up the effort to hit its 2% inflation target, and aim to steepen the yield curve.

Although markets initially seemed disappointed with the BoJ policy tweaks (on the basis of insuffiency), confidence in the bank's determination to address the spectre of deflation subsequently picked up. The Nikkei closed higher while the yen weakened against the dollar. The greenback also pushed ahead against the euro and the dollar index.

Looking ahead, markets will now turn their focus to tonight's Federal Open Market Committee meeting though expectations of a rate hike in the US have melted away to 20% and below.


  • US: FOMC meeting and press conference (1800 GMT)

Market signals

Asian session

  • Bank of Japan left negative rates unchanged at minus 0.1%
  • BoJ says it will maintain its bond-buying pace, coupled with 'yield curve control'
  • In reaction, the Japanese 10-year bond yield jumped above zero for first time since March
  • The benchmark 10-year JGB yield rose to as high as plus 0.005%
  • The Nikkei climbed more than 1.5% after the announcement and the yen fell
  • The ASX extended earlier gains to be up 0.6%
  • Japanese exports dropped 9.6% in August from a year earlier
  • Imports fell 17.3%, resulting in a trade deficit of 18.7 billion yen ($184 million).
  • Earlier, Asian stocks had held back and the JPY rose to a one-week high in early Asia trade
  • In morning trade, shares fell in Hong Kong, Japan and Singapore
  • The MSCI Asia Pacific Index was down 0.1% as of 1146 Tokyo Time
  • US crude oil climbed as much as 2.5% to $45.14/barrel 

Forex ahead

  • The yen strengthened 0.1% to 101.59 per dollar in early trade
  • After the BoJ announcement the dollar traded as high as 102.67 against the yen
  • The Aussie rose slightly to 0.7557 prior to the BoJ announcement
  • The AUD was trading at 0.7549 at 0700 GMT

From the Floor

XAU rising. "The BoJ decision has prompted demand for gold," says Hansen

Upside in view. "Our positions should benefit from a Fed hike," says Garnry

Get all the latest from Saxo Bank's trading floors in From the Floor, within the hour.

In opinion

There's doubting what's on the menu in Europe and the US today - the reality is that we'll hear what will constitute a Fed hike and little more, says James Picerno

Next is the Fed
The Bank of Japan underwhelmed again, writes Max McKegg, and kept its policy rate at minus 0.1%

Asia left hanging
Asia was on tenterhooks this morning with assets making no real headway, as traders awaited direction from the Bank of Japan, reports Saxo's Singapore team

Braced for central banks
Investors spent much of the day awaiting crucial updates from US and Japanese central bankers, writes the team from Saxo Capital Markets (Australia)


 Proof that the world was watching – the BoJ home page collapsed under the weight of viewers. Screenshot: Bank of Japan

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AlexF AlexF
Dear Clare, please where do we find the bullets on the new web site set-up ? Lost them...
Clare MacCarthy Clare MacCarthy
Hello Alex, do you mean the bullet points at the top of (most) articles?
AlexF AlexF
No I mean the bullet that were on the left side giving mini fundamentals on pairs and other short term info
Clare MacCarthy Clare MacCarthy
Aha. You'll find them in the news section. Click the 'bar' symbol next to the search symbol to get there.
AlexF AlexF
Dear Clare one idea to make the web site more user firendly could you have the morning call link button visible clearly so if we miss the link within saxo trading we do not have to try to find a way to get there ?
Clare MacCarthy Clare MacCarthy
Hi Alex, good idea. I'll see if it can be done. Until then, the "From the Floor" summary of the morning call (usually published by 10:30 GMT) always contains a link.


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