Market Update – 25th September 2018 – AUD Supported By Stronger Commodities Prices

Oil prices are the big mover overnight with WTI rising to over US$72 a barrel which is the highest level since early July. Higher oil prices are typically seen as deflationary or constraining growth as it’s a large input/expense for many businesses as such it’s not unusual to see Donald Trump trying to talk down the oil price and persuade the Arab nations and Opec to think about increasing supply. Interestingly higher oil prices are in some ways a Trump made problem as he’s all but switched off oil production in one of the world biggest oil producers Iran with new sanctions.

The AUD has maintained ground picked up last week with AUD/USD holding above 0.7200, while AUD/GBP is back in the 0.5500’s after a dip below for the better part of this month. 0.5400 might be a base for AUD/GBP, while AUD/USD is still constrained by trend line resistance around current levels. Please see the chart below for details:


No economic data out today however we do see US CB Consumer Confidence figures around midnight tonight. Equities markets in the U.S and Europe performed poorly overnight, however commodities prices have continued to rebound which is supporting the Aussie Dollar.


AUD/USD – 0.7231

AUD/GBP – 0.5500

AUD/EUR – 0.6141

AUD/NZD – 1.0899

AUD/JPY – 81.471

USD/BTC – $6,593


All Ords (XAO) – 6,299

Gold – A$1,653/oz

Silver –  A$19.66/oz

WTI – US$72.18/barrel


USD – CB Consumer Confidence at midnight

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