Market Update – 18th January 2019 – Easing Trade Tensions See AUD, Metals & Commodities Rise

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AUD Movements:

The only detractor overnight was AUD/GBP, with the other AUD crosses moving higher in unison with U.S stocks and metals prices. AUD/USD and AUD/JPY surged around half a percent, while AUD/EUR and AUD/NZD were up a little less, at 0.3%. U.S stocks along with Zinc and Iron ore both gained as a new report suggested Trump insiders were pushing hard for a resolution to trade tensions with China which have persisted for nearly one year. U.S stocks were up on average 0.7% at the close.

2nd Brexit Referendum Discussed:

The Pound rose overnight as deliberations in Parliament suggested a second referendum could be on the cards and held within a year. With all the toing and froing and change of hard of many past Brexit voters it would seem that any second vote would result in a no Brexit conclusion and a return to some normalcy for the U.K after two and a half years in the wilderness. If you’re a budding currency trader a long GBP trade could be quite a good trade during 2019.

U.K retail sales data is out tonight, while Day 2 of G20 meetings continue.


AUD/USD – 0.7160

AUD/GBP – 0.5505

AUD/EUR – 0.6281

AUD/NZD – 1.0603

AUD/JPY – 78.205

USD/BTC – $3,617


All Ords (XAO) – 5,909

Gold – A$1,797/oz

Silver –  A$21.59/oz

WTI – US$52.48/barrel


All – G20 Meetings

GBP – Retail Sales at 8.30pm

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