Australia: S&P/ASX 200 (.AXJO) back in black

Australia: S&P/ASX 200 (.AXJO) back in black

Australia: S&P/ASX 200 (.AXJO) back in black The Australian share market had another volatile day of trade, temporarily starting in the black and continuing to fall throughout the session, until after 3.30pm, when the local bourse galloped back to the black. It comes as the mining sector started to strengthen, as concerns began to ease […]

Australian Dollar: USD/AUD (AUD=X) showing signs of weakness

Australian Dollar: USD/AUD (AUD=X) showing signs of weakness

Australian Dollar: USD/AUD (AUD=X) showing signs of weakness The Australian dollar initially rallied during the trading session on Thursday, showing signs of bullish pressure. However, we still have a lot of drama when it comes to the US/China situation, and therefore it’s likely that this pair will struggle as the Australian dollar will continue to be […]

Asia: Gold, USD, Crude Oil, Stocks & Commodities

Asia: Gold, USD, Crude Oil, Stocks & Commodities

$GLD,$SLV,$USD,$USO,$OIL,$SOY,$CORN,$WEAT FLASH: Gold Up, USD Dowu, Crude Oil Up, Stocks Up Notes: The Fed held interest rates steady, shave the number of hikes projected for the rest of the year at none and release details of a plan to end the monthly reduction of its massive balance sheet in September. US Crude Oil stockpiles last […]

Australian Dollar: USD/AUD (AUD=X) Job vacancies fall

Australian Dollar: USD/AUD (AUD=X) Job vacancies fall

Australian Dollar: USD/AUD (AUD=X) Job vacancies fall Australia’s Westpac leading index came in flat in February, falling from an upwardly-revised +0.1% reading in January, despite firmer commodity prices. In addition, skilled vacancies in February fell 0.9% m/m, escalating January’s revised 0.5% decline. The Australian jobs markets has been one of the more robust parts of […]

Australia: S&P/ASX 200 (.AXJO) trade war worries left investors trading defensively

Australia: S&P/ASX 200 (.AXJO) trade war worries left investors trading defensively

Australia: S&P/ASX 200 (.AXJO) trade war worries left investors trading defensively Australian shares closed lower on Wednesday as trade war worries left investors trading defensively. The S&P/ASX 200 Index fell 22.5 points, or 0.4 per cent, to 6165.3, while the broader All Ordinaries slid 24.8 points, or 0.4 per cent, to 6251.8. An air of […]

Asia: Gold, USD, Crude Oil, Stocks & Commodities

Asia: Gold, USD, Crude Oil, Stocks & Commodities

$GLD,$SLV,$USD,$USO,$OIL,$SOY,$CORN,$WEAT FLASH: Gold Down, USD Up, Crude Oil Down, Stocks Up Notes: The Fed Wednesday is expected to hold interest rates steady, shave the number of hikes projected for the rest of the year to 1-2 or none, and release long-awaited details of a plan to end the monthly reduction of its massive balance sheet. […]

Australian Dollar: USD/AUD (AUD=X) housing data disappointed Aussie buyers

Australian Dollar: USD/AUD (AUD=X) housing data disappointed Aussie buyers

Australian Dollar: USD/AUD (AUD=X) housing data disappointed Aussie buyers RBA’s pessimism and soft housing market data couldn’t disappoint Aussie buyers as risk sentiment remains strong. 0.7130/35 comprising 50-day SMA acts as immediate resistance contrast to 0.7050 support. The Australian Dollar (AUD) is taking the bids around 0.7100 versus the US Dollar (USD) during early Tuesday. […]

Australia: S&P/ASX 200 (.AXJO) shares are poised to open higher

Australia: S&P/ASX 200 (.AXJO) shares are poised to open higher

Australia: S&P/ASX 200 (.AXJO) shares are poised to open higher It was another day of erratic day of trade in and out of the red on the Australian sharemarket as investors tussled with accelerating domestic house price falls and a slightly “dovish” tilt in the Reserve Bank’s rate outlook. The news prompted a bearish “inversion” […]

Asia: Gold, USD, Crude Oil, Stocks & Commodities

Asia: Gold, USD, Crude Oil, Stocks & Commodities

$GLD,$SLV,$USD,$USO,$OIL,$SOY,$CORN,$WEAT FLASH: Gold Up, USD Off, Crude Oil Off, Stocks Steady Notes: UK PM May’s BREXIT plans were thrown into further turmoil on Monday when the speaker of Parliament ruled that she could not put her divorce deal to a new vote unless it was re-submitted in fundamentally different form. She has just 2 days […]

Australia: S&P/ASX 200 (.AXJO) Miners lead market gains in volatile day

Australia: S&P/ASX 200 (.AXJO) Miners lead market gains in volatile day

Australia: S&P/ASX 200 (.AXJO) Miners lead market gains in volatile day Australian shares opened the week’s trading higher on Monday despite dipping into the red twice through the middle of the day as the market extended volatility from last week. The Fortescue Metals Group Limited (ASX: FMG) share price has continued its stunning form and is the best […]

Australian Dollar: USD/AUD (AUD=X) Fed Decisions Put Aussie in Spotlight

Australian Dollar: USD/AUD (AUD=X) Fed Decisions Put Aussie in Spotlight

Australian Dollar: USD/AUD (AUD=X) Fed Decisions Put Aussie in Spotlight The Australian and New Zealand Dollars finished higher last week on relatively low volatility. In the absence of major economic releases and central bank activity, traders had to rely on outside influences such as Brexit, U.S.-China trade relations and Chinese stimulus measures. Mixed U.S. economic […]

Asia: Gold, USD, Crude Oil, Stocks & Commodities

Asia: Gold, USD, Crude Oil, Stocks & Commodities

$GLD,$SLV,$USD,$USO,$OIL,$SOY,$CORN,$WEAT FLASH: Gold Off, USD Off, Crude Oil Off, Stocks Up Notes: Data Friday showed US manufacturing output fell for a 2nd month running in February and factory activity in New York state hit near a 2 low this month, further evidence of a sharp slowdown in economic growth early in Q-1. In Asia Gold: Spot […]

Australian Dollar: USD/AUD (AUD=X) bias remains neutral this week

Australian Dollar: USD/AUD (AUD=X) bias remains neutral this week

Australian Dollar: USD/AUD (AUD=X) bias remains neutral this week AUD/USD stayed in consolidation above 0.7003 last week and outlook is unchanged. Initial bias remains neutral this week first. In case of another recovery, upside should be limited by 0.7121 minor resistance to bring fall resumption. On the downside, break of 0.7003 will resume the fall […]

Australia: S&P/ASX 200 (.AXJO) Employment conditions weakening

Australia: S&P/ASX 200 (.AXJO) Employment conditions weakening

Australia: S&P/ASX 200 (.AXJO) Employment conditions weakening But jobs growth appears to be swimming against the tide and forward looking indicators are sinking. Shayne Heffernan said “Australia is overtaxed, the minimum wage is too high and the social security problem is weighing on the taxpayer, Australia has seen the dollar at overly high levels for […]

Asia: Gold, USD, Crude Oil, Stocks & Commodities

Asia: Gold, USD, Crude Oil, Stocks & Commodities

$GLD,$SLV,$USD,$USO,$OIL,$SOY,$CORN,$WEAT FLASH: Gold Up, USD Off, Crude Oil Firm, Stocks Up Notes: The Bank of Japan’s kept interest rates unchanged Chinese Vice Premier Liu He spoke by telephone with US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, with the 2 sides making further substantive progress on trade talks, China’s official Xinhua news […]

Growth and interest rate differentials to weigh on Australian Dollar: USD/AUD (AUD=X) in time

Growth and interest rate differentials to weigh on Australian Dollar: USD/AUD (AUD=X) in time

Growth and interest rate differentials to weigh on Australian Dollar: USD/AUD (AUD=X) in time It has been an eventful month for the Australian economy, with GDP and other key data surprising to the downside, and interest rate expectations shifting. Regardless, at USD0.7094, the Australian dollar is unchanged from USD0.7093 when our February Market Outlook went […]

Australia: S&P/ASX 200 (.AXJO) unable to take a positive lead from Brexit developments, late rally

Australia: S&P/ASX 200 (.AXJO) unable to take a positive lead from Brexit developments, late rally

Australia: S&P/ASX 200 (.AXJO) unable to take a positive lead from Brexit developments, late rally Australian shares rallied late to end a four-day losing streak on Thursday as the market digested the latest Brexit vote results and Chinese economic data. The S&P/ASX 200 Index rose 18.4 points, or 0.3 per cent, to 6179.6 while the […]

Australian Dollar: USD/AUD (AUD=X) continue to hover over a major support level

Australian Dollar: USD/AUD (AUD=X) continue to hover over a major support level

Australian Dollar: USD/AUD (AUD=X) continue to hover over a major support level The Australian dollar has pulled back just a bit during the trading session on Wednesday, as we continue to hover above the crucial 0.70 level, an area that extends all the way down to the 0.68 level on the monthly chart as a major […]

Australia: S&P/ASX 200 (.AXJO) extending a losing streak amid rising evidence of slowing global growth

Australia: S&P/ASX 200 (.AXJO) extending a losing streak amid rising evidence of slowing global growth

Australia: S&P/ASX 200 (.AXJO) extending a losing streak amid rising evidence of slowing global growth Sigma Healthcare’s decision to rebuff Priceline-owner Australian Pharmaceutical Industries’s $730 million takeover bid triggered the biggest drop on the S&P/ASX 200 Index on Wednesday. The ASX 200 closed 14 points, or 0.2 per cent, lower at 6161.2 points, extending a […]

Australian Dollar: USD/AUD (AUD=X) market now looking ahead to consumer confidence snapshot

Australian Dollar: USD/AUD (AUD=X) market now looking ahead to consumer confidence snapshot

Australian Dollar: USD/AUD (AUD=X) market now looking ahead to consumer confidence snapshot The Australian Dollar slipped on Tuesday following yet more weak economic data, headlined by weaker business confidence. The index for that from National Australia Bank came in at 2 for February, below January’s 4. It was also the lowest print since the start […]

Australia: S&P/ASX 200 (.AXJO) took a strong lead from better-than-expected US retail sales figures

Australia: S&P/ASX 200 (.AXJO) took a strong lead from better-than-expected US retail sales figures

Australia: S&P/ASX 200 (.AXJO) took a strong lead from better-than-expected US retail sales figures Australian shares closed lower on Tuesday, despite soaring 0.7 per cent at the open, as the major banks dragged the market lower. The S&P/ASX 200 Index fell 5.4 points, or 0.1 per cent, to 6174.8 while the broader All Ordinaries slid […]

Asia: Gold, USD, Crude Oil, Stocks & Commodities

Asia: Gold, USD, Crude Oil, Stocks & Commodities

$GLD,$SLV,$USD,$USO,$OIL,$SOY,$CORN,$WEAT FLASH: Gold Up , USD Steady, Crude Oil Higher, Stocks Up Notes: European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker agreed to additional assurances in an updated BREXIT deal with British Prime Minister Theresa May Monday, but warned UK lawmakers would not get a 3rd chance to endorse it. Washington could lift most or all of its tariffs on […]

F1: Ferrari’s (NYSE:RACE) Vettel’s Time to Perform is Here

F1: Ferrari’s (NYSE:RACE) Vettel’s Time to Perform is Here

$RACE After falling down under team management pressure in the past 2 seasons, this now Ferrari’s (NYSE:RACE) Sebastian Vettel’s, 31 anni, chance to show he can deliver a long-awaited F1 title for The Scuderia. He is motivated by the Schumacher legacy and that the young and ambitious Charles Leclerc, 21 anni, touted as F1’s next […]

F1 2019 Season Open in Australia this Week

F1 2019 Season Open in Australia this Week

$RACE FLASH: What you need to know, the ultimate guide click her The 2019 F1 season kicks off in Australia this week, with Lewis Hamilton chasing a 6th drivers’ championship. Here we run through the Key changes, driver line-ups, dates for your diary and the best Opta facts ahead of lights out at Melbourne’s Albert […]

Australian Dollar: USD/AUD (AUD=X) gains are likely to be limited over the near-term

Australian Dollar: USD/AUD (AUD=X) gains are likely to be limited over the near-term

Australian Dollar: USD/AUD (AUD=X) gains are likely to be limited over the near-term The Australian Dollar is trading lower on Monday. There has been to follow-through to the upside following Friday’s potentially bullish closing price reversal bottom. Friday’s volatile price action was fueled by short-covering related to the mixed U.S. Non-Farm Payrolls report. We could […]

Australia: S&P/ASX 200 (.AXJO) investors continue to reposition for slowing global growth

Australia: S&P/ASX 200 (.AXJO) investors continue to reposition for slowing global growth

Australia: S&P/ASX 200 (.AXJO) investors continue to reposition for slowing global growth Australian shares are poised to extend losses from Friday as investors continue to reposition for slowing global growth. ASX futures down 14 points. The latest trigger came from the February US jobs report; the economy there added a mere 20,000 jobs last month v expectations […]

Asia: Gold, USD, Crude Oil, Stocks & Commodities

Asia: Gold, USD, Crude Oil, Stocks & Commodities

$GLD,$SLV,$USD,$USO,$OIL,$SOY,$CORN,$WEAT FLASH: Gold Up , USD Steady, Crude Oil Higher, Stocks Up Notes: Fed Chairman Powell said Friday that the central bank will be careful not to shock financial markets as it stabilizes its bond portfolio, saying that it does not see problems in the US economy that warrant an immediate change in its policy. Washington […]

Australia: S&P/ASX 200 (.AXJO) has outperformed its global peers so far this year

Australia: S&P/ASX 200 (.AXJO) has outperformed its global peers so far this year

Australia: S&P/ASX 200 (.AXJO) has outperformed its global peers so far this year The outperformance of the Australian benchmark versus other developed markets appears to have run its course, as the prospect of interest rate cuts is overtaken by concerns around slackening earnings growth amid a global economic slowdown. Fund managers say that growth stocks […]

Australian Dollar: USD/AUD (AUD=X) stays above key 70 level, but barely

Australian Dollar: USD/AUD (AUD=X) stays above key 70 level, but barely

Australian Dollar: USD/AUD (AUD=X) stays above key 70 level, but barely The Australian dollar had an uneventful week, as AUD/USD continues to hover just above the round number of 70. There are only three events in the upcoming week.Here is an outlook for the highlights of this week and an updated technical analysis for AUD/USD. The RBA […]

Asia: Gold, USD, Crude Oil, Stocks & Commodities

Asia: Gold, USD, Crude Oil, Stocks & Commodities

$GLD,$SLV,$USD,$USO,$OIL,$SOY,$CORN,$WEAT FLASH: Gold Up , USD Steady, Crude Oil Falling, Stocks Up Notes: Washington could lift most or all of its tariffs on Beijing while Presidents Trump and Xi ready to sign a final trade deal later this month and Summit at Mar a Lago. President Trump says, “All of nothing at all!” US jobs report […]

Australia: S&P/ASX 200 (.AXJO) pointing lower

Australia: S&P/ASX 200 (.AXJO) pointing lower

Australia: S&P/ASX 200 (.AXJO) pointing lower The Australian share market looks set to finish the week on a disappointing note. According to the latest SPI futures, the ASX 200 is poised to open the day lower by 24 points or 0.4%. This follows a weak night of trade on Wall Street. Late in the session […]

Australian Dollar: USD/AUD (AUD=X) market now sees 100% chance of RBA rate cut in 2019

Australian Dollar: USD/AUD (AUD=X) market now sees 100% chance of RBA rate cut in 2019

Australian Dollar: USD/AUD (AUD=X) market now sees 100% chance of RBA rate cut in 2019 The Australian Dollar recovered off earlier lows Thursday after official data revealed a sharp increase in the January trade surplus, which offered support to the Aussie even after other figures showed household spending growth was underwhelming early in the New […]

Asia: Gold, USD, Crude Oil, Stocks & Commodities

Asia: Gold, USD, Crude Oil, Stocks & Commodities

$GLD,$SLV,$USD,$USO,$OIL,$SOY,$CORN,$WEAT FLASH: Gold Steady , USD Flat, Crude Oil Up, Stocks Down Notes: Investors are looking ahead to the ECB’s board meeting Thursday. The ECB is expected to pare growth forecasts and give its strongest signal yet that more stimulus is coming in the form of more cheap loans. Washington could lift most or all […]

Australia: S&P/ASX 200 (.AXJO) rose despite a poor GDP

Australia: S&P/ASX 200 (.AXJO) rose despite a poor GDP

Australia: S&P/ASX 200 (.AXJO) rose despite a poor GDP Australian shares closed at a fresh six-month high on Wednesday despite fourth quarter GDP figures coming in below market expectations. The S&P/ASX 200 Index climbed 46.3 points, or 0.8 per cent, to 6245.6 while the broader All Ordinaries advanced 45.4 points, or 0.7 per cent, to […]

Australian Dollar: USD/AUD (AUD=X) remains tilted to the downside as the flash-crash rebound stalls

Australian Dollar: USD/AUD (AUD=X) remains tilted to the downside as the flash-crash rebound stalls

Australian Dollar: USD/AUD (AUD=X) remains tilted to the downside as the flash-crash rebound stalls Australia’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) report may produce a bearish reaction in AUD/USD as the growth rate is expected to increase 2.6% after expanding 2.8% per annum during the three-months through September. Evidence of a slowing economy may push the Reserve Bank […]

Asia: Gold, USD, Crude Oil, Stocks & Commodities

Asia: Gold, USD, Crude Oil, Stocks & Commodities

$GLD,$SLV,$USD,$USO,$OIL,$SOY,$CORN,$WEAT FLASH: Gold Up, USD Firm, Crude Oil Down, Stocks Up Notes: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday he thought the United States and China were “on the cusp” of a deal to end their trade dispute, but President Trump will reject any deal that is not perfect. The WS-J reported Washington could lift […]

The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) meeting may keep Australian Dollar: USD/AUD (AUD=X) under pressure

The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) meeting may keep Australian Dollar: USD/AUD (AUD=X) under pressure

The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) meeting may keep Australian Dollar: USD/AUD (AUD=X) under pressure Recent comments from Governor Philip Lowe suggest the RBA will adopt a more dovish tone in 2019 as ‘available data suggest that the underlying trend in consumption is softer than it earlier looked to be,’ and the central bank may show a greater […]

Australia: S&P/ASX 200 (.AXJO) investors wait for data

Australia: S&P/ASX 200 (.AXJO) investors wait for data

Australia: S&P/ASX 200 (.AXJO) investors wait for data Australian shares rebounded from some of their lows in the morning but have still closed lower for the first time in a week. The benchmark S&P/ASX200 index closed down 18.1 points, or 0.29 per cent, to 6,199.3 points at 1615 AEDT on Tuesday, while the broader All […]

Asia: Gold, USD, Crude Oil, Stocks & Commodities

Asia: Gold, USD, Crude Oil, Stocks & Commodities

$GLD,$SLV,$USD,$USO,$OIL,$SOY,$CORN,$WEAT FLASH: Gold Steady, USD Firm, Crude Oil Down, Stocks Down Notes: MSCI’s ACWI,, a gauge of 47 markets in the world, has risen 16% from its near 2-year low set on 26 December low, even as the earnings outlook stagnated, driven by hopes of a dovish Fed and a compromise between Beijing and Washington on […]

Australia: S&P/ASX 200 (.AXJO) heading into a busy month for global investors

Australia: S&P/ASX 200 (.AXJO) heading into a busy month for global investors

Australia: S&P/ASX 200 (.AXJO) heading into a busy month for global investors Australian shares advanced to a six-month high on Monday as investor sentiment remained positive heading into a busy month for global investors. The S&P/ASX 200 Index climbed 24.7 points, or 0.4 per cent, to 6217.4 while the broader All Ordinaries rose 28.7 points, or 0.5 […]

Australian Dollar: USD/AUD (AUD=X) traders will looking for comments on the direction of interest rates

Australian Dollar: USD/AUD (AUD=X) traders will looking for comments on the direction of interest rates

Australian Dollar: USD/AUD (AUD=X) traders will looking for comments on the direction of interest rates The Australian and New Zealand Dollars finished sharply lower last week. The selling pressure was driven by a sharp rise in U.S. Treasury yields and weaker-than-expected domestic data. Comments were mixed over U.S.-China trade relations. Fed Chairman Jerome Powell reiterated […]

Australia: S&P/ASX 200 (.AXJO) will eye its own central bank

Australia: S&P/ASX 200 (.AXJO) will eye its own central bank

Australia: S&P/ASX 200 (.AXJO) will eye its own central bank The Australian ASX 200 will eye its own central bank. While no change is expected out of the RBA, language and tone again remain key for the Australian index. Strong Australian employment data but weak Chinese data paint a mixed picture for the ASX, but the RBA […]

Australian Dollar: USD/AUD (AUD=X) to be determined by trader reaction to the main 50% level at .7079

Australian Dollar: USD/AUD (AUD=X) to be determined by trader reaction to the main 50% level at .7079

Australian Dollar: USD/AUD (AUD=X) to be determined by trader reaction to the main 50% level at .7079 The Australian Dollar finished lower last week, pressured by a surge in U.S. Treasury yields. However, losses were dampened by the hope of a trade deal between the United States and China. Better-than-expected U.S. Gross Domestic Product data […]

Australia: S&P/ASX 200 (.AXJO) shares recorded their biggest monthly percentage gain since July 2016

Australia: S&P/ASX 200 (.AXJO) shares recorded their biggest monthly percentage gain since July 2016

Australia: S&P/ASX 200 (.AXJO) shares recorded their biggest monthly percentage gain since July 2016 Australian shares recorded their biggest monthly percentage gain since July 2016 in February, as positive earnings and a better-than-anticipated royal commission report boosted the local sharemarket. The S&P/ASX 200 Index closed the month 304.4 points, or 5.2 per cent, higher at […]

Australian Dollar: USD/AUD (AUD=X) has sold off sharply

Australian Dollar: USD/AUD (AUD=X) has sold off sharply

Australian Dollar: USD/AUD (AUD=X) has sold off sharply A new report from three major financial institutions is suggesting that the Aussie economy could have more headwinds ahead, led by significant job losses. The reports from AMP, KPMG and UBS all point to major job losses in both the retail sector and construction. The reports point […]

Asia: Gold, USD, Crude Oil, Stocks & Commodities

Asia: Gold, USD, Crude Oil, Stocks & Commodities

$GLD,$SLV,$USD,$USO,$OIL,$SOY,$CORN,$WEAT FLASH: Gold Steady, USD Up, Crude Oil Down, Stocks Down Notes: President Trump wrapped up in Hanoi for 2nd Summit with Chairman Kim, President Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo are optimistic on the progress mate. US and China have a deal in the works.President Trump extends deadline and sets up Summit with President Xi  at Mar a Lago. In Asia Gold: Gold prices Thursday held near 2-week lows touched in the prior […]

Australia: S&P/ASX 200 (.AXJO) small gains from the index heavyweights lifts the market into the green

Australia: S&P/ASX 200 (.AXJO) small gains from the index heavyweights lifts the market into the green

Australia: S&P/ASX 200 (.AXJO) small gains from the index heavyweights lifts the market into the green Australian shares advanced on Wednesday despite a muted day of trading, as small gains from the index heavyweights lifted the market into the green. The S&P/ASX 200 Index advanced 21.9 points, or 0.4 per cent, to 6150.3 while the […]

Australian Dollar: USD/AUD (AUD=X) support near the 0.7050 level

Australian Dollar: USD/AUD (AUD=X) support near the 0.7050 level

Australian Dollar: USD/AUD (AUD=X) support near the 0.7050 level The Australian dollar has pulled back a bit during the trading session on Wednesday, testing the 50 day EMA. Quite frankly, if we can break down below the hammers from the previous two sessions, we could break down a bit further, something that I’m actually hoping to […]

Asia: Gold, USD, Crude Oil, Stocks & Commodities

Asia: Gold, USD, Crude Oil, Stocks & Commodities

$GLD,$SLV,$USD,$USO,$OIL,$SOY,$CORN,$WEAT FLASH: Gold Steady, USD Soft, Crude Oil Up, Stocks Higher Notes: Market focus on Fed Chairman Powell’s testimony in front of the House of representatives Wednesday. Will be the same as to the Senate. The Fed’s policy statements grew so complicated after the Great Recession that standard gauges of readability suggested people needed 4 years of university […]

Australian Dollar: USD/AUD (AUD=X) slips and risk markets soften as rally from Trump’s truce fades

Australian Dollar: USD/AUD (AUD=X) slips and risk markets soften as rally from Trump’s truce fades

Australian Dollar: USD/AUD (AUD=X) slips and risk markets soften as rally from Trump’s truce fades The Australian Dollar slipped from recent highs Tuesday as risk-assets softened in the wake of a strong run at the beginning of the new week and as markets renew their focus on domestic drivers of the currency.   Construction output figures […]

Australia: S&P/ASX 200 (.AXJO) recorded its biggest percentage loss in eight weeks

Australia: S&P/ASX 200 (.AXJO) recorded its biggest percentage loss in eight weeks

Australia: S&P/ASX 200 (.AXJO) recorded its biggest percentage loss in eight weeks The Australian sharemarket recorded its biggest percentage loss in eight weeks on Tuesday as the major miners fell and index heavyweights traded without the value of their next dividend payment. The S&P/ASX 200 Index fell 57.9 points, or 0.9 per cent, to 6128.4 […]

Australia: S&P/ASX 200 (.AXJO) set to open lower

Australia: S&P/ASX 200 (.AXJO) set to open lower

Australia: S&P/ASX 200 (.AXJO) set to open lower Australian shares were pointing to modest opening losses despite a rally on Wall Street. ASX futures down 16 points at 8am AEDT. The Australian dollar was 0.6 per cent higher. Wall Street advanced, bolstered by optimism that the US and China were progressing toward a trade truce. […]

Australian Dollar: USD/AUD (AUD=X) extends the rebound

Australian Dollar: USD/AUD (AUD=X) extends the rebound

Australian Dollar: USD/AUD (AUD=X) extends the rebound AUD/USD extends the rebound from late last week as the U.S. and China, Australia’s largest trading partner, appear to be on track to reach a trade deal, but the exchange rate may face range-bound conditions ahead of the next Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) meeting on March 5 as […]

Asia: Gold, USD, Crude Oil, Stocks & Commodities

Asia: Gold, USD, Crude Oil, Stocks & Commodities

$GLD,$SLV,$USD,$USO,$OIL,$SOY,$CORN,$WEAT FLASH: Gold Higher, USD Steady, Crude Oil Lower, Stocks Higher Notes: US and China have a deal in the works. President Trump pushes deadline and sets up Summit with President Xi  at Mar a Lago. President Trump on the way to Hanoi for 2nd NKorean Summit with Chairman Kim. In Asia Gold: Gold prices rose Monday as USD fell Vs the RMB Yuan after President Trump said he would delay an increase […]

Australia: S&P/ASX 200 (.AXJO) is looking at a modest rise today

Australia: S&P/ASX 200 (.AXJO) is looking at a modest rise today

Australia: S&P/ASX 200 (.AXJO) is looking at a modest rise today The Federal Government and the mining industry have tried to play down the reports, while Chinese government spokesman say a ban is wrong, but add that there are delays because of unknown tests are being carried out. Rising optimism about the US-China trade talks […]

Australian Dollar: USD/AUD (AUD=X) Tumbles as Westpac Calls for Two Rate Cuts

Australian Dollar: USD/AUD (AUD=X) Tumbles as Westpac Calls for Two Rate Cuts

Australian Dollar: USD/AUD (AUD=X) Tumbles as Westpac Calls for Two Rate Cuts The week started with the minutes of the Reserve Bank of Australia Monetary Policy meeting showing that the central bank saw “significant uncertainties” in the economy as property values took a nosedive. This opened the door to future rate cuts. Earlier in the […]

Asia: Gold, USD, Crude Oil, Stocks & Commodities

Asia: Gold, USD, Crude Oil, Stocks & Commodities

$GLD,$SLV,$USD,$USO,$OIL,$SOY,$CORN,$WEAT FLASH: Gold Higher, USD Steady, Crude Oil Lower, Stocks Dip Notes: Trade talks dominate headlines, the US and China have a deal in the works, as President Trump meeting China’s chief negotiator Vice Premier Liu Friday in Washington, DC. Growth in China’s new home prices fell to a 9-month low in January as broader economic weakness increasingly weighs […]

Australian Dollar: USD/AUD (AUD=X) struggles going forward

Australian Dollar: USD/AUD (AUD=X) struggles going forward

Australian Dollar: USD/AUD (AUD=X) struggles going forward The Australian dollar initially tried to rally during the trading session on Thursday, but then rolled over at the 0.72 handle. By doing so, it looks very likely that we are going to continue to see struggles going forward, as the market has seen this area be the beginning […]

Australia: S&P/ASX 200 (.AXJO) futures pointing higher

Australia: S&P/ASX 200 (.AXJO) futures pointing higher

Australia: S&P/ASX 200 (.AXJO) futures pointing higher According to the latest SPI futures, the ASX 200 is expected to open the day ever so slightly higher on Friday. At the time of writing futures contracts are pointing to a 2-point gain at the open. This follows a disappointing night of trade in the U.S. which […]

Asia: Gold, USD, Crude Oil, Stocks & Commodities

Asia: Gold, USD, Crude Oil, Stocks & Commodities

$GLD,$SLV,$USD,$USO,$OIL,$SOY,$CORN,$WEAT FLASH: Gold Higher, USD Steady, Crude Oil Higher, Stocks Higher Notes: Trade talks dominate headlines with a new round of negotiations between the US and China have a deal in the works meeting continue in Washington. Sentiment also got a lift after the Fed Wednesday affirmed it would be “patient” on further interest rate rises. In Asia Gold: Gold […]

Broad weakness across non-resource stocks dragged the Australia: S&P/ASX 200 (.AXJO) below the 6100

Broad weakness across non-resource stocks dragged the Australia: S&P/ASX 200 (.AXJO) below the 6100

Broad weakness across non-resource stocks dragged the Australia: S&P/ASX 200 (.AXJO) below the 6100 Broad weakness across non-resource stocks dragged the Australian sharemarket below the 6100 point level as the domestic earnings season failed to dispel fears the economy was sliding into recession. The S&P-ASX 200 index climbed 0.3 per cent at the open after […]

Australian Dollar: USD/AUD (AUD=X) significant support at the 0.7050

Australian Dollar: USD/AUD (AUD=X) significant support at the 0.7050

Australian Dollar: USD/AUD (AUD=X) significant support at the 0.7050 The Australian dollar has pulled back a bit during the trading session on Tuesday, reaching down towards the 0.71 handle. At this point, there is significant support at the 0.7050 level that extends down to at least the 0.70 level. On the monthly chart, I see massive […]

Asia: Gold, USD, Crude Oil, Stocks & Commodities

Asia: Gold, USD, Crude Oil, Stocks & Commodities

$GLD,$SLV,$USD,$USO,$OIL,$SOY,$CORN,$WEAT FLASH: Gold Higher, USD Lower, Crude Oil Higher, Stocks Higher Notes: Trade talks dominate headlines with a new round of negotiations between the US and China expected in Washington Tuesday, and follow-up sessions at a higher level this week. Minutes of the Fed’s last policy meeting are due Wednesday and should provide more guidance on the likelihood or […]

Australian Dollar: USD/AUD (AUD=X) rates stabilized near previous support in the 0.7050 area

Australian Dollar: USD/AUD (AUD=X) rates stabilized near previous support in the 0.7050 area

Australian Dollar: USD/AUD (AUD=X) rates stabilized near previous support in the 0.7050 area AUD/USD is one of the best pairs to watch to gauge sentiment toward global trade. After a swooning on dovish RBA comments earlier this month, rates stabilized near previous support in the 0.7050 area. The pair has rallied 100 pips since then, and […]

Australia: S&P/ASX 200 (.AXJO) massive swings in several companies after their results disappointed

Australia: S&P/ASX 200 (.AXJO) massive swings in several companies after their results disappointed

Australia: S&P/ASX 200 (.AXJO) massive swings in several companies after their results disappointed The S&P/ASX 200 hit a high of 6119 around lunch time today and managed to stay above the 6100 level to close at 6106.9 this afternoon. There were massive swings in several companies after their results disappointed, or surprised, the market greatly. Blackmores ended […]

Asia: Gold, USD, Crude Oil, Stocks & Commodities

Asia: Gold, USD, Crude Oil, Stocks & Commodities

$GLD,$SLV,$USD,$USO,$OIL,$SOY,$CORN,$WEAT FLASH: Gold Higher, USD Higher, Crude Oil Mixed, Stocks Higher Notes: Trade talks dominated headlines with a new round of negotiations between the United States and China expected in Washington on Tuesday, and follow-up sessions at a higher level later in the week. Comments from European Central Bank’s Olli Rehn on Sunday have triggered speculation the […]

Australia: S&P/ASX 200 (.AXJO) closed 0.4% higher

Australia: S&P/ASX 200 (.AXJO) closed 0.4% higher

Australia: S&P/ASX 200 (.AXJO) closed 0.4% higher It has been a positive day of trade for the Australian share market closing 0.4 per cent higher. Bank of Queensland (ASX:BOQ) shares took a dip today after a $12 million guidance downgrade. Waste management company Bingo Industries (ASX:BIN) saw their shares slump hit by the apartment building slowdown. They reduced their […]

Australian Dollar: USD/AUD (AUD=X) fresh risk appetite on optimistic tone from trade talks

Australian Dollar: USD/AUD (AUD=X) fresh risk appetite on optimistic tone from trade talks

Australian Dollar: USD/AUD (AUD=X) fresh risk appetite on optimistic tone from trade talks The Aussie extends recovery off 0.7054 base, boosted by fresh risk appetite on optimistic tone from trade talks. Fresh extension higher cracked 0.7146 (Fibo 38.2% of 0.7295/0.7054) the lower boundary of strong resistance zone between 0.7146 and 0.7162 (consisting of Fibo barrier […]

Australia: S&P/ASX 200 (.AXJO) reporting season has seen companies becoming increasingly cautious

Australia: S&P/ASX 200 (.AXJO) reporting season has seen companies becoming increasingly cautious

Australia: S&P/ASX 200 (.AXJO) reporting season has seen companies becoming increasingly cautious It is the busiest block of results with around 70 of the top 200 companies dropping mainly half-year numbers. It also should give a clearer picture about how things are going across the key consumer, industrial and resources sectors. “Reporting season is 37 […]

Asia: Gold, USD, Crude Oil, Stocks & Commodities

Asia: Gold, USD, Crude Oil, Stocks & Commodities

$GLD,$SLV,$USD,$USO,$OIL,$SOY,$CORN,$WEAT FLASH: Gold Ranged, USD Higher, Crude Oil Higher, Stocks Lower In Asia Notes:  US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin hopes for “productive” trade meetings in China scheduled to run through Friday.The United States has used tariffs as leverage to demand Beijing make major structural policy changes, including ending the forced transfer of American technology, fully enforcing intellectual property rights, and […]

Australia: S&P/ASX 200 (.AXJO) bucked the trend yesterday, at least across the Asian region, closing 0.26 per cent lower at 6063

Australia: S&P/ASX 200 (.AXJO) bucked the trend yesterday, at least across the Asian region, closing 0.26 per cent lower at 6063

Australia: S&P/ASX 200 (.AXJO) bucked the trend yesterday, at least across the Asian region, closing 0.26 per cent lower at 6063 ASX missed the party The ASX bucked the trend yesterday, at least across the Asian region, closing 0.26% lower at 6063. Ostensibly, Australian shares missed-out on the party: global equities were noticeably higher across […]

Australian Dollar: USD/AUD (AUD=X) lifted by fresh hopes of U.S.-China breakthrough

Australian Dollar: USD/AUD (AUD=X) lifted by fresh hopes of U.S.-China breakthrough

Australian Dollar: USD/AUD (AUD=X) lifted by fresh hopes of U.S.-China breakthrough The Australian Dollar rose Thursday as markets cheered fresh signs the White House could be willing to extend trade negotiations with China past a March 01 deadline, although new forecasts from UBS and Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) suggest things are already about as good as they’ll get […]

Asia: Gold, USD, Crude Oil, Stocks & Commodities

Asia: Gold, USD, Crude Oil, Stocks & Commodities

$GLD,$SLV,$USD,$USO,$OIL,$SOY,$CORN,$WEAT FLASH: Gold Higher, USD Higher, Crude Oil Higher, Stocks Up In Asia Notes:  US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Thursday he hopes for “productive” trade meetings in China, as the 2 countries work to hammer out an agreement to resolve their trade dispute. The talks, scheduled to run through Friday, follow 3 days of deputy-level meetings to work […]

Australia: S&P/ASX 200 (.AXJO) poised to edge higher at the open ahead of consumer inflation

Australia: S&P/ASX 200 (.AXJO)  poised to edge higher at the open ahead of consumer inflation

Australia: S&P/ASX 200 (.AXJO) poised to edge higher at the open ahead of consumer inflation The Australian share market is expected to open the day higher on Thursday. According to the latest SPI futures, the ASX 200 is expected to start the day 0.1% or 6 points higher. This follows a positive night of trade […]

Asia: Gold, USD, Crude Oil, Stocks & Commodities

Asia: Gold, USD, Crude Oil, Stocks & Commodities

$GLD,$SLV,$USD,$USO,$OIL,$SOY,$CORN,$WEAT Gold Steady, USD Higher, Crude Oil Up, Stocks Up In Asia Notes:  US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Wednesday he hopes for “productive” trade meetings in China this week, as the 2 countries seek to hammer out an agreement to resolve the trade dispute. The Cboe Volatility Index (VIX) dropped overnight to as low as 14.95, […]

Australian Dollar: USD/AUD (AUD=X) rises after U.S. shutdown averted, White House talks Xi meeting

Australian Dollar: USD/AUD (AUD=X) rises after U.S. shutdown averted, White House talks Xi meeting

Australian Dollar: USD/AUD (AUD=X) rises after U.S. shutdown averted, White House talks Xi meeting The Australian Dollar rose Tuesday as investors cheered an agreement struck overnight in Washington that will avert a second 2019 government shutdown, which has buoyed so-called risk assets including the Antipodean currency. President Donald Trump has secured partial funding for his proposed […]

Australia: S&P/ASX 200 (.AXJO) mixed earnings results

Australia: S&P/ASX 200 (.AXJO) mixed earnings results

Australia: S&P/ASX 200 (.AXJO) mixed earnings results It has been a positive day of trade for the Australian share market, with the local bourse snapping its two-day losing streak. Most of the sectors traded higher today with Energy, Utilities, Healthcare and Telcos leading the charge. The XJO was higher earlier in the session but selling […]

Australian Dollar: USD/AUD (AUD=X) remains pressured following a dovish shift from the RBA last week

Australian Dollar: USD/AUD (AUD=X) remains pressured following a dovish shift from the RBA last week

Australian Dollar: USD/AUD (AUD=X) remains pressured following a dovish shift from the RBA last week The Australian dollar remains pressured following the Reserve Bank of Australia’s (RBA) dovish shift last week. After starting the week at .7250, the AUD/USD ended it at .7088, representing a decline of 2.2%. It was the largest weekly decline in […]

Australia: S&P/ASX 200 (.AXJO) poised for a big week of earnings

Australia: S&P/ASX 200 (.AXJO) poised for a big week of earnings

Australia: S&P/ASX 200 (.AXJO) poised for a big week of earnings Investors are poised for a big week of earnings, with a number of the local sharemarket’s most shorted stocks set to report their results this week. JB Hi-Fi, Super Retail Group, IOOF Holdings, Amcor, Bendigo & Adelaide Bank and AMP will all report earnings […]

Asia: Gold, USD, Crude Oil, Stocks & Commodities

Asia: Gold, USD, Crude Oil, Stocks & Commodities

3$GLD,$SLV,$USD,$USO,$OIL,$SOY,$CORN,$WEAT Gold EasedUSD CautiousCrude Oil DownStocks Off In Asia Notes: Messrs. Mnuchin and Lighthizer open another round of trade talks in Beijing this week to push for a deal to protect American intellectual property and avert a 2 March increase in US tariffs on Chinese goods. Gold: Gold prices eased Monday as uncertainties around US-China trade tensions […]

Australia: S&P/ASX 200 (.AXJO) a flat start to the week is expected

Australia: S&P/ASX 200 (.AXJO) a flat start to the week is expected

Australia: S&P/ASX 200 (.AXJO) a flat start to the week is expected The Australian market is expected to start the week flat as investors wait to see earnings results for a swathe of firms. The benchmark S&P/ASX200 index on Friday closed down 0.3 per cent at 6,071.5 points while the broader All Ordinaries eased 0.4 […]

Australian Dollar: USD/AUD (AUD=X) retail sales dip

Australian Dollar: USD/AUD (AUD=X) retail sales dip

Australian Dollar: USD/AUD (AUD=X) retail sales dip The Australian dollar had its worst week since October, falling 2.2 percent. The Aussie has declined 2.5% in February, erasing most of the gains seen in January. We’ll get a look at business and consumer confidence, both of which are struggling. Here is an outlook for the highlights of this week […]

Australia: S&P/ASX 200 (.AXJO) stocks seen better than expected results were rewarded with strong gains

Australia: S&P/ASX 200 (.AXJO) stocks seen better than expected results were rewarded with strong gains

Australia: S&P/ASX 200 (.AXJO) stocks seen better than expected results were rewarded with strong gains The Australian sharemarket closed at four-month high on Thursday as better than expected results were rewarded with strong gains. The S&P/ASX 200 Index rose 66.4 points, or 1.1 per cent, to 6092.5 while the broader All Ordinaries climbed 67.3 points, […]

Asia: Gold, USD, Crude Oil, Stocks & Commodities

Asia: Gold, USD, Crude Oil, Stocks & Commodities

$GLD,$SLV,$USD,$USO,$OIL,$SOY,$CORN,$WEAT Gold OffUSD UpCrude Oil DownStocks Up In Asia Note: China closed all week for the Lunar New Year The Cboe Volatility (VIX) Index, Wall Street’s so-called “fear gauge,” dropped to 15.60, its lowest level in 4 months, Monday. Gold: Gold fell to a more than 1-week low Thursday, pressured by a stronger USD, but worries over slowing global […]

Australia: S&P/ASX 200 (.AXJO) holds above 6,000

Australia: S&P/ASX 200 (.AXJO) holds above 6,000

Australia: S&P/ASX 200 (.AXJO) holds above 6,000 The Australian share market popped higher at the open after all US indices gained ahead of Trump’s State of Union address, with the Nasdaq and Dow Jones up the most, about 0.7 per cent. The local bourse quickly sank into the red and quickly recovered, with Tech and […]

Australian Dollar: USD/AUD (AUD=X) Australian central bank governor says future rate cut is possible

Australian Dollar: USD/AUD (AUD=X) Australian central bank governor says future rate cut is possible

Australian Dollar: USD/AUD (AUD=X) Australian central bank governor says future rate cut is possible Philip Lowe told the National Press Club in Sydney on Wednesday, that the chance of the rate cut is more likely than it used to be, changing the RBA’s tone slightly. ‘Looking forward there are scenario where the outlook in the […]

Australia: S&P/ASX 200 (.AXJO) RBA speech ahead

Australia: S&P/ASX 200 (.AXJO) RBA speech ahead

Australia: S&P/ASX 200 (.AXJO) RBA speech ahead Australian shares are poised to edge higher ahead of a midday speech by RBA governor Philip Lowe. ASX futures were up 7 points at 4.45am AEDT. Today’s Agenda Local data: RBA governor Lowe speaks at midday Overseas data: German factory orders December, Donald Trump State of the Union […]

Australian Dollar: USD/AUD (AUD=X) helped by a lift in US bond yields

Australian Dollar: USD/AUD (AUD=X) helped by a lift in US bond yields

Australian Dollar: USD/AUD (AUD=X) helped by a lift in US bond yields The main them of Monday’s session was broad based US dollar strength, helped by a lift in US bond yields despite another weak reading on US factory orders in November. “AUD/USD eased modestly in line with the stronger USD,” said Joseph Capurso, Senior […]

Australia: S&P/ASX 200 (.AXJO) investors just got the final piece of a 13-month inquiry into the rampant misconduct at the nation’s biggest banks and financial firms

Australia: S&P/ASX 200 (.AXJO) investors just got the final piece of a 13-month inquiry into the rampant misconduct at the nation’s biggest banks and financial firms

Australia: S&P/ASX 200 (.AXJO) investors just got the final piece of a 13-month inquiry into the rampant misconduct at the nation’s biggest banks and financial firms Australian investors just got the final piece of a 13-month inquiry into the rampant misconduct at the nation’s biggest banks and financial firms that could set the tone for […]

Australian Dollar: USD/AUD (AUD=X) Jobs and Housing Markets Falter Ahead of Key RBA Interest Rate Decision

Australian Dollar: USD/AUD (AUD=X) Jobs and Housing Markets Falter Ahead of Key RBA Interest Rate Decision

Australian Dollar: USD/AUD (AUD=X) Jobs and Housing Markets Falter Ahead of Key RBA Interest Rate Decision The Australian Dollar fell into the new week Monday after surveys showed the jobs and housing markets struggling early in the New Year, just hours before the latest interest rate guidance is due from the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA). Fresh […]

Asia: Gold, USD, Crude Oil, Stocks & Commodities

Asia: Gold, USD, Crude Oil, Stocks & Commodities

$GLD,$SLV,$USD,$USO,$OIL,$SOY,$CORN,$WEAT Gold OffUSD FirmCrude Oil UpStocks Steady In Asia Note: China closed all week for the Lunar New Year Gold: Gold prices slipped Monday as risk aversion waned amid some signs of progress in US-China trade talks, while a firm USD kept bullion under pressure. Spot gold was down 0.4% at $1,313.01 oz by 0552 GMT US […]

Australia: S&P/ASX 200 (.AXJO) busy week for local investors

Australia: S&P/ASX 200 (.AXJO) busy week for local investors

Australia: S&P/ASX 200 (.AXJO) busy week for local investors Australian shares are poised to open higher though trading hesitant ahead of Commissioner Hayne’s report. ASX futures were up 20 points. The Australian dollar slipped 0.3 per cent. It’s going to be a busy week for local investors with today’s report on the financial sector first […]

Australian Dollar: USD/AUD (AUD=X) RBA might well be forced to step in soon and actually cut official interest rates

Australian Dollar: USD/AUD (AUD=X) RBA might well be forced to step in soon and actually cut official interest rates

Australian Dollar: USD/AUD (AUD=X) RBA might well be forced to step in soon and actually cut official interest rates The AUD/USD might have seen a bit of a resurgence in the last week or so, but there are rumblings that the RBA might well be forced to step in soon and actually cut official interest […]

January, Officially Australia’s Hottest Month Ever

January, Officially Australia’s Hottest Month Ever

In January, Australia sweltered through its hottest month on record, and the Summer of extremes continues with wildfires razing the drought-parched south while expanses of the tropical north are flooded. Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology Friday confirmed the record heat during January as parts of the northern hemisphere have recently experienced record cold. Australia’s scorching start […]

Federal Reserve keeps rates steady, Australian Dollar: USD/AUD (AUD=X) shoots up

Federal Reserve keeps rates steady, Australian Dollar: USD/AUD (AUD=X) shoots up

Federal Reserve keeps rates steady, Australian Dollar: USD/AUD (AUD=X) shoots up The US Federal Reserve’s January monetary policy statement was dovish and this provided further impetus to the Aussie dollar after release of the CPI data. The key words are as follows: ‘In light of global economic and financial developments and muted inflation pressures, the […]

Australia: S&P/ASX 200 (.AXJO) futures pointing higher

Australia: S&P/ASX 200 (.AXJO) futures pointing higher

Australia: S&P/ASX 200 (.AXJO) futures pointing higher According to the latest SPI futures, the ASX 200 is expected to open the day higher on Friday. Current futures contracts are pointing to an 8-point or 0.15% gain at the open. This follows a mixed night of trade on Wall Street which late in the session sees […]

Australian Dollar: USD/AUD (AUD=X) at key resistance breakout zone

Australian Dollar: USD/AUD (AUD=X) at key resistance breakout zone

Australian Dollar: USD/AUD (AUD=X) at key resistance breakout zone AUD/USD has been pushing upwards, with the pair rising into trendline resistance. The creation of a higher low this week provides half the bullish story, with a break through the $0.7204 resistance level providing confirmation of that bullish outlook. Look at the $0.7204-$0.7235 zone of resistance, where […]

Australia: S&P/ASX 200 (.AXJO) set to rise for a second day

Australia: S&P/ASX 200 (.AXJO) set to rise for a second day

Australia: S&P/ASX 200 (.AXJO) set to rise for a second day Australian shares are set to rise for a second day as iron ore surged still higher and US/China trade talks resumed. Wall Street leapt higher – the Dow was up more than 470 points at one point – after the Fed took a decidedly dovish […]

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