Market Update – 9th January 2016 – AUD/USD Succumbs To Profit Taking Despite Weak U.S Jobs Numbers

Global equities finished the first full week of 2017 on a positive note with most indices including the ASX200 up modestly. The Aussie dollar in contrast didn’t perform quite so well, falling around 0.75% versus the Greenback on Friday evening despite a weaker than anticipated U.S Non-Farm employment number which came in about 20,000 jobs short of expectations. Ordinarily AUD/USD would be expected to rally in the event of weaker U.S jobs numbers however in this case it was perhaps rather traders taking profits on what has been a profitable trade since the beginning of January for those long (buyers of) AUD/USD. AUD/EUR and AUD/GBP remain reasonably strong hovering just under 0.7000 and 0.6000 respectively, so no issues here, just buy at market when payments come up.

The week ahead looks pretty quiet with only building approvals this morning and retail sales at 11:30am tomorrow morning. Retail sales are tipped to come in on trend at around 0.4% but certainly economists and politicians will be hoping for a strong bump in the number. Other data releases include Chinese CPI/inflation figures around midday tomorrow followed by U.S retail sales and PPI on Friday evening.

A lot of you are returning to work today after the long break so I wish you and your respective businesses all the best in 2017 and certainly hope it’s your best year yet.


AUD – Building Approvals at 11.30am


AUD/USD – 0.7273

AUD/GBP – 0.5928

AUD/EUR – 0.6907

AUD/NZD – 1.0446

AUD/JPY – 85.27

***Above rates are indicative wholesale rates and intended as a guide only***

Sign up for a Compass account today and access some of the most competitive rates in the business and arguably the best service.



Patrick Downes

Senior Corporate FX Dealer

Compass Markets

Phone Patrick – 0431 278 632 




Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.