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Narendra Modi leads the vote count and is almost certainly going to be able to form a single-party majority That is helping to settle some nerves among investors in Indian assets after six weeks (!) of polling. The result here represents a striking vote of confidence in Modi's leadership despite some bumps along the road (
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Comments by Japanese finance minister, Taro Aso - Believes that the sales tax hike won't derail Abenomics ForexLive Aso hops on the bandwagon of government officials and policymakers who continue to view that the proposed sales tax hike in October is still a plausible idea. If economic conditions continue to hold up as it is currently, they may
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Further comments by BOJ deputy governor, Masayoshi Amamiya - Liquidity has been falling for certain JGBs Well, when you're holding roughly 50% of outstanding JGBs, you can't expect market functionality to be "normal" or close to that. The BOJ has reduced its bond purchases over the years but it's more of the fact that it is inevitable
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Euro area flash PMI data for May the focus of the session ahead With the UK political situation in shambles, the pound continues to be pressured as May continues to hang on amid a Cabinet mutiny. Overnight, we saw House of Commons leader, Andrea Leadsom, resign in the latest form of protest against May's leadership.
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Bitcoin had fallen late US time/very early New York It wasn't a crash, just a few hundred dollars (not huge for the BTC) And it wasn't a flash one if it was as its not recovered much.
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Here is Reuters with a good piece on China rare earths. Here is the link for more. -- Have to admit I'm not totally across this but the last time this topic came up a while back it prompted other suppliers to enter the market, right? 
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Bank of Japan Dep Gov sticking to the approved script  - Continue with persistent easing - Will communicate exit appropriately at the right time  Maybe he doesn't like the yen gaining back a few points? USD/JPY has declined as low as under 110.15 in Tokyo so far today. 
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The Asian session has not seen wild swings, mot much o a swing at all. But risk is subsiding. Yen crosses are still dribbling off. (I on the lack of fresh catalysts)
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Kyle Bass is short the HKD looking for the central bank in HK, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (usually described ad the de facto central bank)  Bass says (in a nutshell):
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The reference rate on Wednesday was barely changed from Tuesday. Thursday's …. ditto ForexLive
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