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Investor Sentiment Cops Hit:
The Aussie Dollar had a mixed session overnight falling against the Greenback and Yen, but gaining vs. the Euro and GBP, following another flare up of trade tensions and weak investor sentiment. Equities had a particularly bad session with almost all major European and U.S indices losing over 1% following reports that the U.S intend to slap bans on Chinese officials and companies tied to the re-education camps in Xinjiang Province. Our local market is set for a poor start with the ASX200 Futures suggesting as much as a 1% loss on the open.
Fed Chair Speaks:
In other news, we saw yet another speech from Fed Chairman Jerome Powell who has been speaking almost daily recently. Depending on whether you're a bull or a bear on the U.S economy there was something for everyone as Powell noted that he doesn't see why expansion can't continue, while in the same breath noting the Fed will continue to provide accommodating monetary policies to help stimulate expansion. Powell speaks again tonight along with the release of the latest FOMC Meeting Minutes at 5.00am tomorrow morning, so expect yet more volatility for particularity equities.
Westpac Consumer Sentiment:
Consumer sentiment data is released this morning at 10.30am and with the AUD under pressure this morning we could be set for further declines if consumer sentiment is particularly poor. The data has been choppy lately, gaining one month only to lose those gains the following - therefore trying to predict consumer sentiment continues to be a frivolous pursuit. The AUD is barely holding on to 0.6700's at the moment and looks set to continue to test previous lows around 0.6670.
AUD EXCHANGE RATES:
AUD/USD – 0.6697
AUD/GBP – 0.5472
AUD/EUR – 0.6109
AUD/NZD – 1.0654
AUD/JPY – 71.725
All Ords (XAO) – 6,713
Gold – A$2,237/oz
Silver – A$26.34/oz
WTI – US$52.53 barrel
DATA RELEASES TODAY:
AUD - Westpac Consumer Sentiment at 10.30am
EUR - Eurogroup Meetings
USD - FOMC Meeting Minutes at 5.00am (tomorrow morning)
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