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ASX200 RBA meeting minutes pass. Next data point AU jobs data

The RBA’s February 1st board meeting minutes were released this morning. As expected, they offered little in the way of new information following recent RBA communique, including Governor Lowe’s National Press Club address and last Friday’s Statement of Monetary Policy.

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Dovish RBA pledge to remain patient boosts the ASX200

As widely forecast, the RBA elected to keep interest rates on hold this afternoon at 0.1% and ended its $350 billion quantitative easing (QE) bond-buying program.

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Australian 1H2022 earnings season overview

The equities reporting season takes place twice a year in Australia. As a guide, most companies report half-year earnings in February for the six months of the new financial year (July 1 to December 31) before full-year earnings are reported in August.

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RBA all set for another Cup Day outing - ASX200

This time last year, ahead of the 2020 Melbourne Cup, speculation centered on what measures the RBA would take to bolster the economic recovery.

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RBA Hold At 1.5%, Maintain Confidence With Employment

Overall the statement remains fairly-balanced, although it continues to appear that RBA’s confidence in the labour market is fending off a dovish stance. We still see potantial for AUD/NZD's bullish wedge to play out.

Week Ahead: Three Major Central Bank Decisions and NFP

Looking ahead, the upcoming week features interest rate decisions from three major central banks (RBA, BOC, and ECB), while data highlights include UK and US services PMIs, Aussie GDP, Chinese trade figures and jobs reports from both North American nations.

Bottom Drops Out of AUD/USD as RBA Lowe Shifts to Neutral

Mirroring last week’s shift at the Federal Reserve, the RBA has now shifted its future interest rate expectations into neutral.

RBA set to maintain dovish stance amid China concerns

We have already had some poor data on the housing market as building approvals slumped once again, and economists are not too optimistic on retail sales with the data scheduled to be released in the early hours of Tuesday, ahead of the Reserve Bank of Australia’s monetary meeting decision at 03:30 GMT.

Week ahead: US midterms, three central banks and more earnings

As another volatile week is about to conclude, equity markets were coming under a bit of pressure and were giving back a big chunk of their gains from earlier in the week.

AUD/USD: Could firmer metals support beleaguered Aussie?

The AUD/USD fell to a low so far of just under 0.7150 from a high of about 0.7235 pre-RBA. Clearly, the bears appear to be in driving seat, but could that change soon?

AUD/NZD in focus amid RBA and RBNZ rate decisions

The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) will make its rate decision in the early hours of Tuesday, which makes the Aussie the main focal point during the Asian session.

Week Ahead: Jobs and GDP in focus

The primary market themes for the past week have been weaker-than-expected inflation pressures, a surge in the energy sector due in part to a planned US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, and a partial reduction in geopolitical risk concerns due to North Korea’s apparent display of cooperation in releasing hostages ahead of US/NK June talks.

AUD/USD at a critical juncture ahead of key Australian and US releases

The US dollar slid sharply late last week due in part to President Trump’s announcement of impending U.S. import tariffs on steel and aluminum, sparking fears of global trade wars on the horizon.

AUD/CAD in focus ahead of RBA and BOC

The Canadian dollar has been the worst performer among the major currencies today, continuing its recent poor run of form.

Week Ahead: Italian Election, Central Banks, and US Jobs in Focus

Two primary catalysts for the return of sharply elevated market volatility emanated from the U.S. – Fed Chair Jerome Powell’s hawkish testimony in front of the US Congress, and US President Trump’s announcement regarding sizeable import tariffs on steel and aluminum.

Week Ahead: Central bank minutes to guide interest rate expectations

The past week in the markets has been dominated by dramatic, and often incongruent, moves that have been marked by still-buoyant volatility in the aftermath of the preceding week’s wild market swings.

AUD/USD still elevated on US dollar weakness ahead of key Australian releases

Early next week features some key releases from Australia, including the minutes from the last Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) monetary policy meeting in early February, and the quarterly Wage Price Index.

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AUD/USD remains under pressure ahead of RBA, key economic data

As the US dollar remained well-supported on Monday in the wake of last Friday’s highly positive US jobs report, and equities continued to trade under heavy pressure on rising interest rate expectations, Australian dollar traders were bracing for the potential impact of a major central bank decision and key economic data to be released on Tuesday in Australia.

The Week Ahead: AUD, CAD, and USD in Focus

Markets this past week were dominated largely by key central bank speakers, a pivotal OPEC agreement, another missile launch by North Korea, and a scramble by the US Senate to vote on a critical US tax reform bill. On Friday morning, however, equity markets and the dollar were suddenly rocked by reports that former US national security adviser, Michael Flynn, will be testifying that President Trump directed him to make contact with the Russian government in the growing scandal that continues to threaten Trump and his administration.

AUD/USD breakdown pauses ahead of RBA, FOMC minutes

The past two-and-a-half months have seen the Australian dollar weaken considerably against the US dollar.

The Week Ahead: US Tax Reform, Central Bank Speeches and Policy Meeting Minutes

The week ahead will be slower in terms of economic data than the past week. Contributing to this slowdown will be the major Thanksgiving holiday in the U.S. Aside from speeches by heads of key central banks, including the European Central Bank, Reserve Bank of Australia, Federal Reserve, and Swiss National Bank, the week will be dominated by the release of minutes from several central bank meetings.

AUD/USD breaks down, eyes lower lows

AUD/USD tentatively broke down on Monday below a key chart pattern, indicating a potential continuation of the downtrend that has been in place since early September.