Market Update – 3rd May 2019 – Risk Assets Under Pressure As ‘Sell In May, Go Away’ Takes Hold

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That Old Saying:

“Sell in May and Go Away” is the old adage and it appears to be holding true once again with the early part of the month seeing a sustained sell off right across the board. Risk assets such as the AUD, Equities and Commodities have all come under selling pressure since Wednesday, while safe havens like the Greenback and Yen have seen positive momentum. I’m hoping now that I’ve written it down, we’ll see a change in fortunes and the AUD, Equities and Commodities start performing a bit better. We will see.

Housing:

New home sales came in week again yesterday, with the index slipping 0.1% and continuing a pretty poor showing over the past year. In the U.K the Bank of England held rates steady again at 0.75% with all members 9 of 9 agreeing this was the right course of action. AUD/GBP was little moved overnight.

Building Approvals & Non Farms:

Ahead today is more housing data with local building approvals released around midday. Expectations are for another large correction to the downside and like new home sales the data has been horrendous over the past year. One thing is obvious, a change in sentiment in the housing market is still a ways off. Tonight we’ll see the latest employment numbers out of the U.S. The unemployment rate currently stands at 3.8%

An interest rate cut from the RBA, while likely to support equities and to a lesser degree house prices would see the AUD continue to decline. We’ll here from the RBA next Tuesday.

AUD EXCHANGE RATES:

AUD/USD – 0.6968

AUD/GBP – 0.5339

AUD/EUR – 0.6232

AUD/NZD – 1.0547

AUD/JPY – 77.778

OTHER MARKETS:

All Ords (XAO) – 6,430

Gold – A$1,815/oz

Silver –  A$20.90/oz

WTI – US$61.64/barrel

DATA RELEASES TODAY:

AUD – Building Approvals m/m at 12.30pm

USD – Non-Farm Employment Change & Unemployment Rate at 11.30pm

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