AUD/USD weekly outlook: February 9 - 13 (based on investing.com article)
The Australian dollar was little changed against its U.S. counterpart
on Friday, after a robust U.S. jobs report for January reinforced
expectations for a mid-year rate hike by the Federal Reserve.
The Labor Department reported Friday that the U.S. economy added
257,000 jobs in January, far more than the 234,000 forecast by
economists. December’s figure was revised to 329,000 from a previously
While the unemployment rate ticked up to 5.7% last month from
December’s 5.6%, hourly earnings and the participation rate both saw
increases in January.
The upbeat data added to the view that the strengthening economic
recovery may prompt the Federal Reserve to start raising rates from near
zero levels as early as June.
hit a session low of 0.7779 following the robust jobs data from a high
of 0.7875 earlier, before subsequently consolidating at 0.7799 by close
of trade, up 0.01% for the day and 0.36% higher for the week.
The Aussie plunged to 0.7651 against the greenback on Tuesday, the
pair's lowest since May 2009, after the Reserve Bank of Australia
unexpectedly cut interest rates to a new record-low 2.25% from 2.50%,
citing an overvalued local currency.
At the conclusion of its monthly policy meeting, RBA Governor Glenn
Stevens said that growth will be weaker for a longer period of time and
that the unemployment rate should rise higher than expected.
On Friday, the central bank eased the outlook for inflation in its
quarterly Statement of Monetary Policy, while leaving clues to its next
policy moves deliberately vague.
Elsewhere, concerns over Greek debt negotiations continued to weigh on market sentiment.
Standard and Poor’s downgraded Greece to B- from B late Friday, one
notch above default, and kept the outlook at "negative", indicating that
further ratings cuts are possible.
In the week ahead investors will be awaiting Thursday's U.S. data on
retail sales and jobless claims and Friday’s report on consumer
sentiment for further indications on the strength of the economic
Speeches by RBA Governor Glenn Stevens will also be in focus as well as key Australian employment data.
Over the weekend, China reported a trade surplus of $60.0 billion in
January, compared to expectations for $48.9 billion and up from a
surplus of $49.6 in December.
Exports slumped 3.3% from a year earlier last month, missing
expectations for a 6.3% increase, while imports tumbled 19.9%, much
worse than forecasts for a decline of 3.0%.
The Asian nation is Australia's largest trade partner.
Monday, February 9
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[AUD - ANZ Job Advertisements] = Change in the number of jobs advertised in the major daily newspapers and websites covering the capital cities. This data tends to have more impact when it's released ahead of the government employment data rather than after.
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AUD/USD Crowd Turns Net-Short Ahead of China CPI
The near-term rebound in AUD/USD may get cut short should the
fundamental developments coming out of China dampen the outlook for
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[CNY - CPI] = Change in the price of goods and services purchased by consumers. Consumer prices account for a majority of overall inflation. Inflation
is important to currency valuation because rising prices lead the
central bank to respond by raising interest rates.
China CPI Slows To 0.8% In January
Consumer prices in China were up just 0.8 percent on year in January, the National Bureau of Statistics said on Tuesday.
That was well shy of forecasts for a gain of 1.0 percent and down sharply from 1.5 percent in December.
On a monthly basis, consumer prices were up 0.3 percent - the same as in December.
prices also disappointed, tumbling 4.3 percent on year versus
expectations for a decline of 3.8 percent following the 3.3 percent fall
in the previous month.
AUD/USD Fundamental Analysis February 11, 2015 – Forecast (based on fxempire article)
rallied to 0.7836 gaining 33 points after the house price index gained
and printed above expectations and the US dollar tumbled a bit in the
morning session. China’s slowing inflation and a 35th straight
contraction in factory gate prices give policy makers room undertake
extra stimulus after cutting interest rates in November and reducing
banks’ reserve requirements last week.
The Abbott government must remain focused on economic reform despite
the uncertainty surrounding its leadership. That’s the view of the
Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, warning its
members that policy action since the global financial crisis appears to
be losing steam. The OECD makes a number of recommendations in a report
prepared for the G20 finance ministers meeting in Istanbul on Monday
that supports the Australian government’s agenda. The OECD again pushed
for a higher and broader GST, but Prime Minister Tony Abbott said only
last week the government had no plans to touch the GST “this term or
next”, insisting the rate could not change unless all the states and
Despite the Reserve Bank of Australia cutting interest rates for the
first time since August 2013 this week, abruptly ending a period of
stability that saw rates remain on hold for a record period, the Aussie
has held out.
With the domestic cash rate now sitting at 2.25 per cent, its lowest
ever mark, the announcement initially succeeded in spurring another bout
of selling for the Australian dollar. It quickly plummeted to 0.7630 on
the news, a level not seen in over six years. But since then the
majority of losses have now been re-captured, in a rally that’s left
many investors scratching their heads.
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[EUR - France Current Account] = The current account released by the Banque de France
is a net flow of current transactions, including goods, services and
interest payments into and out of France. A current account surplus
indicates that the flow of capital into the country exceeds the capital
reduction. A high reading is seen as positive (or bullish) for the Euro,
whereas a low reading is seen as negative (or bearish).
France's current account turned to a deficit in December from a
surplus in the previous month, as the visible trade shortfall widened on
the back of higher volume of oil imports, data from the Bank of France
The current account showed a deficit of EUR 1.9
billion versus a surplus of EUR 0.3 billion in November. The goods
trade surplus widened to EUR 1.9 billion from EUR 1 billion, while the
surplus in the services trade fell to EUR 0.1 billion from EUR 1.4
The income account balances were stable. The financial
account showed a deficit of EUR 16.3 billion compared to a surplus of
EUR 5.1 billion in the previous month. The capital account surplus grew
to EUR 0.5 billion from EUR 0.1 billion.
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[AUD - Employment Change] = Change in the number of employed people during the previous month. Job creation is an important leading indicator of consumer spending, which accounts for a majority of overall economic activity.
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