Welcome back to all those kicking off 2017 today and don't worry you're certainly not alone as I too am back in the office and ready to build on 2016. Unfortunately however it doesn't look like the Aussie dollar is too keen to follow suit with AUD/USD under pressure this morning holding at just under 0.7180. As I mentioned in one of my last morning reports of 2016, the Aussie dollar typically fares quite poorly in January and whether or not this tradition continues in 2017 remains to be seen but it's certainly worth noting and keeping in mind.
Economic news and data starts to dribble in again this week beginning with Manufacturing numbers out of China today followed by similar data out of the U.K and U.S later this evening. It's important to add that liquidity typically remains quite muted in the early weeks of January owing to the fact that many bank, hedge funds, etc are still on holidays; as a result we can see some exaggerated moves on markets particularly currencies during and after big economic announcements.
DATA RELEASES TODAY:
CNY - Manufacturing PMI at 12.45pm
GBP - Manufacturing PMI at 8.30pm
USD - Manufacturing PMI at 2.00am
AUD EXCHANGE RATES:
AUD/USD – 0.7181
AUD/GBP – 0.5850
AUD/EUR – 0.6870
AUD/NZD – 1.0359
AUD/JPY – 84.493
***Above rates are indicative wholesale rates and intended as a guide only***
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