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  • The spot back in the red on 106.00, as market mood sours.
  • Rising coronavirus cases globally accelerate the losses in US equity futures.
  • Focus on US labor data and coronavirus updates, as risk-trends to dominate.

The buying interest around the safe-haven yen picks up pace in the European session, knocking-off USD/JPY towards the weakest levels in five months seen at 106.86 after the US Federal Reserve (Fed) unexpectedly cut the interest rates by 50 bps last Tuesday.

The latest leg down in the major is mainly triggered by a bout of fresh risk-aversion that gripped the markets after South Korea, Germany and India reported new coronavirus cases while Switzerland confirmed its first death.

The European equities shaved-off the opening gap, now back into losses, as investors seek cover in the US Treasuries, which drags the benchmark 10-year Treasury yields back below the 1% key level. The S&P 500 futures also loses over 1.50%, at the time of writing.

The fresh selling seen in the US dollar across the board also seems to add to the weight on the spot, with the US dollar index now shedding 0.18% to trade at daily lows of 97.14. Markets also remain wary over the rising number of virus cases in the US after California Governor declared a state of emergency on Wednesday.

The focus now shifts towards the sentiment on Wall Street for the next direction in the pair. In the meantime, the US weekly jobless claims, unit labor cost and factory orders data will be eyed for some trading impetus.

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