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AUD moves higher with stocks:
U.S and European stocks mostly gained overnight, while the AUD continued its march higher gaining around 1% over the past 24 hours and briefly eclipsing 0.6800 vs. the Greenback. The AUD has added nearly 200 points vs. the U.S Dollar since Friday evening as protests escalated right across the U.S as a result of the death of George Floyd in Police custody. Things aren’t looking great either for the U.S economy with the double whammy of high unemployment and social inequality/unrest coupled with the effects of coronavirus.
The German DAX was the only major index to fall, down around 1.65%.
Locally we have the RBA meeting at 2.30pm this afternoon. The RBA is tipped to keep rates on hold at 0.25% as the impacts of coronavirus start to dissipate somewhat. The number of new cases has been more or less flat for around a month or so with most new cases a result of returning residents or extremely isolated outbreaks as we saw at Cedar Meats. Further restrictions were lifted yesterday in Victoria, and similar restrictions are being lifted right across the country. All of this is pretty bullish for the AUD and the local economy which has weathered the impacts of coronavirus remarkably well. I stand by my call that it’s entirely possible Australia avoids the worst of this pandemic.
AUD EXCHANGE RATES:
AUD/USD – 0.6770
AUD/GBP – 0.5413
AUD/EUR – 0.6077
AUD/NZD – 1.0767
AUD/JPY – 72.833
All Ords (XAO) – 5,938
Gold – A$2,555/oz
Silver – A$26.89/oz
Oil – US$35.77 barrel
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AUD – Cash Rate & RBA Statement at 2.30pm
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