The Japanese economy release earlier today the preliminary reading for the monthly industrial-production index during December, where it rose to 4.0, compared with the prior reading of -2.7%, also it exceeded expectations of -3.0%.

Also, the annual preliminary reading for the industrial-production index during December was released as well, where it rose to -4.1%, compared with the prior reading of -4.2% and at the same time it exceeded expectations of -5.0%.