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Stocks Open Higher:
U.S and European stocks started the weak higher overnight, gaining right across the board with the best performances seen on the NASDAQ and the DAX which were up 1.06% and 0.99% respectively. The AUD however, which had started the week in good form, succumbed to selling pressure overnight and is down roughly half a percent since Monday morning. AUD/USD briefly climbed about 0.7000 yesterday but is now back in the mid 0.69’s, while AUD/GBP looks like it will struggle to hold onto 0.5500 today.
AUD Retreats As RBA Meets:
The RBA meet again today to set monetary policy – it doesn’t feel like a month since they last cut rates – and look set to cut rates again by a further 25 basis points. This would bring the official cash rate to a new record low of just 1%. The idea is that lower interest rates will help to stimulate growth and jobs, but the truth is lower interest rates for the sake of lower interest rates has not been working in Europe nor the U.S, where growth is still insipid despite record low interest rates. While at the save time savers and those with surplus cash are penalised with low returns.
Iron Ore At 5 Year Highs:
No other economic data is out today, but interestingly Iron Ore prices have hit fresh five year highs overnight and appear to be closing in on A$180 a tonne, a price not seen since the mining boom during the early part of the decade. Miners like BHP, RIO, FMG and MGX should post bumper profits in their full year numbers released this quarter. Their good fortunes will also be good for Australia’s budget numbers of which Josh Frydenberg will likely take credit for.
AUD EXCHANGE RATES:
AUD/USD – 0.6934
AUD/GBP – 0.5473
AUD/EUR – 0.6139
AUD/NZD – 1.0407
AUD/JPY – 75.219
All Ords (XAO) – 6,731
Gold – A$1,986/oz
Silver – A$21.74/oz
WTI – US$59.19/barrel
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