AUD improves on the back of employment data
Friday 16 August, 2019
Daily Currency UpdateThe Australian dollar saw some nice improvement yesterday, hitting a daily high of 0.6785 during yesterday’s trading session. The gains were owing to better than expected employment data, which reported 41,000 new jobs being created in July compared to the forecasted 14,200 and the unemployment rate holding steady at 5.2%.
The RBA will release their monetary policy meeting minutes just before midday on Tuesday. A detailed record of the Reserve Bank Board’s most recent meeting, it provides in-depth insights into the economic conditions that influenced their decision on where to set interest rates.
The AUD opened at 0.6774 this morning against the USD.
Key MoversThe European Central Bank announced yesterday that it will announce a ‘very strong package’ of stimulus measures at its next policy meeting in September. ECB policymaker Governor Rehn said he favoured the ECB restarting quantitative easing as well as interest rate cuts in September, and the stimulus package may overshoot investors’ expectations.
The US-China trade war saw some developments as Beijing announced it would impose counter-measures in response to the United State’s plan to raise tariffs on $300 billion worth of Chinese goods. Officials have said they will attempt to meet the US half-way to finalise a deal, but President Trump has insisted any breakthrough will be on Washington’s terms.
In terms of macroeconomic news the Canadian CPI data being released next Wednesday night is expected to have a major impact on the CAD. Released monthly, these figures are the most important inflation-related release due to its earliness and broad scope.
- AUD/CAD: 0.8975 - 0.9250 ▼
- AUD/EUR: 0.6025 - 0.6130 ▼
- GBP/AUD: 1.7605 - 1.7955 ▼
- AUD/NZD: 1.0470 - 1.0580 ▲
- AUD/USD: 0.6720 - 0.6815 ▼