Market Update – 13th September 2017 – Stocks & Commodities Outperform, While GBP Posts Solid Gains

Stocks and commodities outperformed other asset classes overnight with both European and U.S stocks posting solid gains while commodities got a bit of their mojo back after a number of days in the wilderness. To currency markets and we see the AUD steady against the Greenback and Euro, lower vs. the GBP after some very solid economic numbers out of the UK last night and up against the safe haven of the Japanese Yen which had been doing quite well the past few days thanks to a sharp increase in risk aversion.

Ahead today is Westpac Consumer Sentiment at 10.30am. This consumer sentiment figure is a gauge of consumers sentiment specifically relating to the economy and employment and is a good read on how the everyday Australian sees the economy right now. Over the past 6 months we’ve had continuing negative sentiment barring July where we saw a small improvement in consumer sentiment. Reading a bit further into the data it suggests that perhaps the everyday Aussie is not overly optimistic about the economy or overly excited about their prospects going forward. This could be as a result of having to fork out more for their mortgages or the fact that wage growth has been very much stagnant for quite some time.


AUD/USD – 0.8022

AUD/GBP – 0.6035

AUD/EUR – 0.6702

AUD/NZD – 1.1002

AUD/JPY – 88.409


AUD – Westpac Consumer Sentiment at 10.30am

GBP – Average Earnings at 6.30pm

USD – PPI at 10.30pm

***Above rates are indicative wholesale rates and intended as a guide only***

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