Asian stock markets: Nikkei up 1.20 %, Shanghai Composite lost 0.10 %, Hang Seng rose 0.80 %, ASX 200 gained 0.25 %
Commodities: Gold at $1273 (+0.30 %), Silver at $17.73 (+0.40 %), WTI Oil at $51.70 (-0.25 %), Brent Oil at $52.60 (-0.15 %)
Rates: US 10 year yield at 1.75, UK 10 year yield at 1.09, German 10 year yield at 0.03
News & Data:
Australia Employment Change (Sep): -9.8k (est 15.0K, prev rev to -8.6k from -3.9K)
Australia Unemployment Rate (Sep): 5.60% (est 5.70%, prev rev to 5.70% from 5.60%)
Australia Full Time Employment Change (Sep): -53k (prev rev to 101k from 11.5K)
Australia Part Time Change (Sep): (prev rev to -18.6k from -15.4K)
Australia Participation Rate (Sep): 64.50% (est 64.80%, prev 64.70%)
Australia NAB Business Confidence (Q3): 5 (prev rev to 3 from 2)
PBOC fixes yuan at 6.7311 (prev fix 6.7326, prev close 6.7385)
Brazil central bank cuts benchmark rate to 14%
Fear grows AAA rating to be lost — The Australian
Fed's Dudley: Fed is reasonably close to inflation and employment goals
Fed's Dudley: 25bps hike later this year 'not that big a deal'
The Australian Dollar declined overnight after disappointing jobs data out of Australia. While the unemployment rate did decrease from 5.7 % to 5.6 %, employment change arrived at -9.8k vs. an expected increase of 15k. AUD/USD fell from 0.7730 to a low of 0.7675 so far. The New Zealand Dollar managed to remain bid however, as NZD/USD rose to a high of 0.7265. AUD/NZD came under pressure following the data and declined to 1.06.
EUR/USD was quiet and consolidated in a 1.0965-80 range. The ECB will decide on interest rates today and is expected to keep them unchanged. Meanwhile, GBP/USD is still struggling to keep itself above 1.23 and declined back to 1.2275 in Asia.
USD/JPY benefited from the rise in equity markets and climbed from 103.35 to 103.65 overnight. Resistance is now seen at 104.20, followed by 104.45/50.
07:00 BST – Swiss Trade Balance
07:00 BST – German PPI
09:00 BST – Euro Zone Current Account
09:30 BST – UK Retail Sales
12:45 BST – ECB Rate Decision
13:30 BST – ECB Press Conference
13:30 BST – US Initial Jobless Claims
13:30 BST – US Philadelphia Fed Manufacturing Index