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Welcome back to the second wave of clients returning to work today after a long and deserved break. A quick recap, in case you missed it, a ‘flash crash’ occurred just after New Years which essentially wiped 3-4 cents off the AUD across the board in a matter of minutes, thankfully though it was short lived and the New Year has actually heralded a far better than expected start for the AUD. In fact AUD/USD is now trading close to 0.7200, while AUD/GBP is back near 0.5600 following fears of a no deal Brexit with Europe. Commodities prices and equities have also been performing better in the early part of the year with the ASX up over 200 points since January 2nd.
Latest From The U.S Fed & AU Housing:
The latest gyrations and musings from the U.S Federal Reserve suggest 2019 could see rates on hold, which would certainly be bullish for AUD/USD, however strong employment data out a week or so back may force the Feds hand with a further rate hike towards a more normal level of interest rates around 2.75-3.00%. The RBA will likely also keep rates on hold throughout 2019 as housing prices continue to deteriorate and lending dries up with the off chance of a rate cut to stimulate some inflation in the Australian economy.
No economic data out today or tonight other than a little bit of Aussie inflation metrics. Inflation as suggested above has been near enough to non-existent recently and so the previous months reading of 0.00% is probably a good estimate on what to expect today. A number above say 0.2% inflation would be a surprise and perhaps a cause for a rally in AUD.
AUD EXCHANGE RATES:
AUD/USD – 0.7183
AUD/GBP – 0.5588
AUD/EUR – 0.6259
AUD/NZD – 1.0523
AUD/JPY – 78.013
USD/BTC – $3,487
All Ords (XAO) – 5,834
Gold – A$1,784/oz
Silver – A$21.61/oz
WTI – US$52.39/barrel
DATA RELEASES TODAY:
AUD – MI Inflation Gauge m/m at 11.00am
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