Market Update – 1st March 2017 – Markets On Pause Until Trump Speech At 1pm AEST

U.S GDP figures released overnight failed to meet expectations but did little to quell bets that the U.S Federal Reserve could raise rates as soon as this month. U.S GDP came in at 1.9% which while slightly below expectations of 2.1% was around trend. U.S consumer confidence similarly continued on trend pushing marginally higher to 114.8 marking its highest level since around August 2007, notably August 2007 is also around the time that consumer confidence started to unwind.

Trump speaks today and while its not technically a state of the union address it is his first full speech aimed at the American people and should clarify what he intends to do in his time in the White House. The U.S stock market which has gone on a huge run since he entered office could come unstuck if he fails to deliver or doesn’t double down on his infrastructure plans, tax cuts and deregulation promises. As suspected this really is the focal point today but local GDP figures released at 11.30am this morning will also be watched closely – it could be a very interesting 24 hours ahead.


AUD – Aus GDP at 11.30am

CNY – Caixin Manufacturing PMI at 12.45pm

All – President Trump Speaks at 1.00pm


AUD/USD – 0.7621

AUD/GBP – 0.6153

AUD/EUR – 0.7208

AUD/NZD – 1.0647

AUD/JPY – 86.354

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

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