Market Update – 17th June 2019 – AUD Mixed As U.S Retail Sales Hit The Spot & HK Continues Protest

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Mixed Bag:

A real mixed bag over the weekend with AUD/EUR steady, while AUD/USD edged lower on U.S retail sales numbers and AUD/NZD inched higher. U.S core retail sales, which excludes vehicles/automobiles came in on target at 0.5% on Friday night, while the previous months number was revised higher. The U.S Fed though is still expected to cut rates at some point this year as a result of slowing growth coupled with a persistent trade war with China.

HK Protests:

Front page news in the financial press continues to be the HK protests with some 2 million people protesting yesterday against proposed changes to extradition laws to China. To put that in perspective the population of HK is 7.5m people, so effectively you’re seeing roughly a quarter of the population on the streets. Nuts.

NASDAQ Slips:

Stocks in the U.S and Europe eased Friday night with the Nasdaq again the worst performer with tech stocks well and truly in the headlights thanks to their dizzying valuations.

No economic data is released today, however ECB President Draghi speaks tonight at a Central Banking forum in Portugal.

AUD EXCHANGE RATES:

AUD/USD – 0.6848

AUD/GBP – 0.5430

AUD/EUR – 0.6102

AUD/NZD – 1.0553

AUD/JPY – 74.346

OTHER MARKETS:

All Ords (XAO) – 6,633

Gold – A$1,949/oz

Silver –  A$21.60/oz

WTI – US$52.79/barrel

DATA RELEASES TODAY:

None

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