RBA decided to remain on hold as it was widely expected by the market and kept its interest rate at +1.50%. The accompanying statement had an upbeat tone with comments for inflation being likely to remain low for some time, a gradual pick up of inflation is expected and it should reach a bit above +2.0% in 2018. The statement also spotted as continuing source of uncertainty the outlook for household consumption. Specifically, it mentioned that household incomes are growing slowly and debt levels are high. EUR/AUD was not influenced by the RBA decision indicative of the neutral effect as the market was expecting the outcome.


AUD/USD 06/02/2018 | EconAlerts


US Dollar strengthens as US Stock market plunges

Dow Jones erased all of its 2018 gains in one day as the US stock market plunged in a volatile trading on Monday. The reasons behind the sell-off could be spotted amid concerns about rising bond yields and higher inflation which could have prompted worries of a faster rate hike pace. Friday’s strong employment report strengthened the argument for such a case. The US Dollar gained on buying interest as investors sought its relative safety according to various media reports. It would be indicative that the USD outperformed most of its rivals but the JPY. Overall we expect the USD to continue to strengthen, however, the gains could be somewhat limited.


USD/JPY 06/02/2018 | EconAlerts


Today’s other economic highlights:

Germany: Industrial orders for December, Survey:+0.7%mom, Prior:-0.4%mom, 07:00(GMT), positive to EUR.

New Zealand: Milk Auctions, Survey:  Prior:3.310 12:00-14:00(GMT), Tentative

US: Trade Balance for December, Survey:-52.0B  Prior:-50.5B, 13:30 (GMT), negative for USD.

Canada: Trade Balance for December, Survey:-2.2B Prior:-2.54B, 13:30(GMT), positive for the CAD

Canada: Ivey PMI SA for January, Survey:61.0, Prior: 60.4, 15:00 (GMT), positive for CAD

New Zealand: HLFS Unemployment Rate for Q4, Survey:4.6%, Prior:4.6%, 21.45 (GMT), positive for NZD

Speakers: German BuBa president Weidmann and FOMC member Bullard speak.




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