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AUD Edges Higher:
The AUD has pushed higher since my Wednesday update (http://bit.ly/2ScP5Uh) thanks to positive sentiment and a surging U.S equities market. In fact the Dow Jones has surged past 27,000 for the first time following two solid months of gains.
Local Data Poor:
We haven’t seen too much economic data out this week, but what we have seen is weaker NAB Business Confidence along with even weaker Westpac Consumer Confidence which came in at -4.1%. So while on the one hand the AUD is holding up and equities surging as a result of expectations of lower interest rates globally, on the other hand the local economy does really appear to be in a rut. Perhaps the two rate cuts from the RBA were warranted after-all – I guess time will tell.
U.S CPI figures are released this evening. Expectations are for very marginal growth at 0.1% for the month.
AUD EXCHANGE RATES:
AUD/USD – 0.6943
AUD/GBP – 0.5535
AUD/EUR – 0.6164
AUD/NZD – 1.0434
AUD/JPY – 75.345
All Ords (XAO) – 6,805
Gold – A$2,015/oz
Silver – A$21.70/oz
WTI – US$60.42/barrel
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