01202017Fri
Last update: Fri, 20 Jan 2017 09pm

Australia

Markets - FXMM - Australia

Australian dollar boosted by jobs news, NZ$ hit by rate cut talk SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: The Australian dollar inched higher on Thursday after domestic data showed an encouraging jump in full-time jobs, while its New Zealand neighbour slipped on revived speculation of an interest rate cut.The Australian dollar was up at $0.7616, from $0.7590 late Wednesday, but again failed to clear resistance in the $0.7640/50 zone.Sentiment was aided by data showing a hefty 34,800 full-time jobs were created in June, outweighing a modest 7,900 increase in total employment.Yet the data were not so strong as lessen the chance of another cut in interest rates from the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA), which analysts assume will depend on second-quarter inflation data due later this month."The decision around rates in August will come down to the Bank's assessment of inflation," said Gareth Aird, a senior economist at Commonwealth Bank."We expect a soft CPI report in two weeks which is likely to result in the RBA responding ...

Markets - FXMM - Australia

Australia, NZ dollars hold gains as commodities rally SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: The Australian dollar held firm on Wednesday after hitting a three-month top, while its New Zealand cousin reached the highest in over a year as a rally in global risk appetite lifted commodities and dented the Japanese yen.The Australian dollar was consolidating at $0.7590, having jumped 1.2 percent overnight to as far as $0.7650. The bounce recovered all the losses suffered in the wake of Britain's vote to leave the European Union.The gains were ...

Markets - FXMM - Australia

Australia, NZ dollar slightly higher after losing ground overnight WELLINGTON: The Australian and New Zealand dollars were slightly higher Tuesday, paring some overnight losses after the greenback gained ground.The Australian dollar was at 0.7568 while the New Zealand dollar was at 0.7255, still well off the one-year highs it hit Monday.The Kiwi faced strong resistance around the 0.7300 level after rallying over the weekend due to a Reserve Bank of New Zealand speech alluding to concerns about rising house prices being a possible reason ...

Markets - FXMM - Australia

NZ dollar pauses after impressive rally, AUD lags SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: The New Zealand dollar took a small step back from one-year highs against the greenback and euro on Monday, having surged in the past two sessions on improved global risk appetite and diminished expectations for an interest rate cut at home.The kiwi hovered just under 73 cents, not far from Friday's peak of $0.7308 - a high not seen since May 2015. The euro was at NZ$1.5170, struggling near a trough of NZ$1.5104.The rally ...

Markets - FXMM - Australia

Australia dollar subdued, RBA provides the briefest of boosts SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: The Australian dollar staged a fleeting rally on Tuesday after the central bank gave no clear guidance on whether it would ease again, leaving markets wondering if it had switched back to a neutral stance.The Aussie climbed as far as $0.7545 from around $0.7522, matching a 1-1/2 week high set overnight. But it then retreated to $0.7510, down 0.4 percent on the day.The market had been looking for the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA), ...

Markets - FXMM - Australia

Aussie dollar bounces back after initial wobble on post-vote uncertainty SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: The Australian dollar staged an impressive rebound on Monday, after slumping as much as a cent following the country's weekend election that produced no clear winner.The Aussie, which skidded as far as $0.7410, was back flirting with 75 cents and flat on the day. Against the yen, it was at 77.00, well off an early low of 76.22.Lifting the mood, both Moody's and Fitch said there was no immediate threat to Australia's top notch ...

Markets - FXMM - Australia

Australia, NZ dollars hold onto hefty gains for June SYDNEY/WELLINGTON: The Australian and New Zealand dollars found support on Thursday as the global appetite for risk assets recovered from the shock of Brexit, though speculation about future cuts in domestic interest rates limited their gains.The Australian dollar was parked at $0.7448, having risen almost half a U.S. cent in the previous 24 hours, but faced stiff chart resistance in the $0.7450/7470 zone.It has now recovered around half the loss suffered when Britain voted to ...