Last Week Market Recap
Monday 20th March 2017
Reversed direction, gaining ground last week as the U.S. Fed raised interest rates and despite lower than expected employment numbers out of Australia. The rate began the week gaining after making its weekly low of 0.7579 on Monday in the absence of any significant data out of either country. The pair then lost a fraction on Tuesday as the United States reported better than expected PPI data. On Wednesday, the rate gained sharply, making its weekly high of 0.7718 after the FOMC raised the Fed Funds Rate to 1.0% from 0.75%. The rate then lost ground on Thursday after Australia reported Employment Change declined by -6.4K versus an expected increase of +16.3K, while the Australian Unemployment Rate increased to 5.9% from 5.7%. The pair resumed its rally on Friday as the United States reported mixed economic numbers. AUD/USD closed the week at 0.7703, with an overall gain of +2.7% for the week.