Market Update – 4th December 2019 – AUD Rally’s Against Backdrop Of Declining Equities

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Something Unusual:

Something interesting has happened the past two days and it’s not easily explainable. What we’ve seen over the past 48 hours is the Aussie Dollar rally along with Gold just as equity markets and commodities have sold off following a re-emergence of trade concerns and anxious investors. The reason it’s unusual and not easily explained is because typically during an equity sell off, we’ll see the AUD also fall, given it’s moniker as a ‘risk asset’. In fact AUD/USD is up some 100 points or 1.5% while equity markets have fallen over 3% the last couple of days.

Equities Lower: 

The local market is set to fall again today by around 1%, following declines of between half and 1 percent in the U.S and Europe overnight. The rally yesterday in the AUD may be as a result of the RBA cash rate decision yesterday afternoon to hold rates, however comments like “the Board is prepared to ease monetary policy further if needed” perhaps goes against this. Anyhow, markets are trading quite unusually at the moment and risks and volatility have certainly not dissipated – I don’t think they ever really do.

GDP Due: 

Local GDP figures are due out at 11.30am and the market is tipping quarterly GDP around half a percent or two percent annualised. It’s been well documented that GDP growth is flat/stagnant hence the recent cuts to interest rates, but we may well see a further catalyst for an AUD rally if GDP surprises to the upside.


AUD/USD – 0.6815

AUD/GBP – 0.5236

AUD/EUR – 0.6146

AUD/NZD – 1.0469

AUD/JPY – 74.057


All Ords (XAO) – 6,818

Gold – A$2,157/oz

Silver –  A$25.08/oz

WTI – US$56.25 barrel


AUD – GDP q/q at 11.30am

USD – ADP Non-Farm Employment Change at 12.15am

USD – ISM Non-Manufacturing PMI at 2.00am

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