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Equities in Europe and the U.S mostly gained overnight while the Aussie Dollar remained unusually stable vs the other major currencies. All the AUD crosses are at or around the same levels as mid last week with little action on Thursday, Friday or yesterday. The next major market moving data announcement is today with the RBA Cash Rate decision at 2.30pm. Expectations are that we’ll see another 25 basis point cut to interest rates however the market appears a little divided with around 20% of economists thinking the RBA might wait before cutting again – I tend to follow this line of thinking and think another rate cut is not a forgone conclusion this afternoon. If the RBA don’t cut today, then you’d have to think AUD should bounce quite strongly, while a cut probably see’s AUD/USD test the 0.66 level again.
Other than the RBA rate decision today we also have U.S ISM Manufacturing PMI due this evening around midnight AEST. This should show little change.
PRC Marks 70 Years:
Today, in China also marks 70 years of the PRC and it’s a week long celebration over there, similar to the likes of Chinese New Year, where banks are not open and the vast majority of the working population goes on holidays to mark the special day. As a result expect payment delays.
AUD EXCHANGE RATES:
AUD/USD – 0.6720
AUD/GBP – 0.5458
AUD/EUR – 0.6163
AUD/NZD – 1.0752
AUD/JPY – 72.635
All Ords (XAO) – 6,800
Gold – A$2,181/oz
Silver – A$25.19/oz
WTI – US$54.17/barrel
DATA RELEASES TODAY:
AUD – RBA Rate Decision at 2.30pm
USD – ISM Manufacturing PMI at midnight
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