The Australian dollar was the main mover in Monday’s Asian session as a result of data from China, which is Australia’s main trading partner.

Manufacturing PMI data from the world’s second largest economy showed that expansion in the manufacturing sector was steady at an 18-month high and eased concerns of a slowdown there which could affect the rest of the global economy.

The official Manufacturing PMI data which was released on Sunday was as expected and the private report from HSBC today was above forecast, with both being in expansionary territory.

Since China is a major trading partner for Australia, the news was positive for the Australian dollar. Also data that showed Australia’s building approvals were not as bad as expected helped lift the Aussie, up 0.5% in the Asian session against the USD to $0.9150.

The main news to look forward to later today will be Euro zone PMI data. The euro gained 0.11% against the dollar in Asia to 1.3601, moving closer to a one-month high of 1.3620 hit on Friday. The euro rose 0.06% against the yen to 139.31.

The dollar was steady at 102.41 yen, down 0.10% in the Asian session after hitting a 6-month high of 102.60 yen on Friday.

The main driver for the USD will be Friday’s US nonfarm payrolls data. US jobs data are closely watched by the Federal Reserve, as the data will play a part in determining when it can begin tapering.