Asian stock markets: Nikkei up 1.10 %, Shanghai Composite gained 0.05 %, Hang Seng fell 0.15 %, ASX 200 lost 0.50 %
Commodities: Gold at $1246 (+0.05 %), Silver at $16.50 (+0.10 %), WTI Oil at $44.50 (+0.15 %), Brent Oil at $47.00 (+0.20 %)
Rates: US 10-year yield at 2.19, UK 10-year yield at 1.03, German 10-year yield at 0.29
News & Data
Australia House Price Index q/q 2.2 % vs 2.2 % expected
Australia ANZ-Roy Morgan Weekly Consumer Confidence: 112.4 (prior 112.9)
Japan Tankan Manufacturers Index +26 (prior +24)
New Zealand ANZ Roy Morgan Consumer Confidence +3.1% m/m (prior +1.8%)
Fed's Evans says worth waiting until year-end to assess next rate hike – RTRS
Asia shares near two-year high as U.S. hi-tech rebound boosts mood – RTRS
Oil prices hold near seven-month lows, glut keeps dragging – RTRS
RBA Meeting Minutes:
Appropriate to keep accommodative stance of policy unchanged
Watching labour and housing markets carefully
House prices rising briskly in some markets, tentative signs pressure starting to ease
Wage growth to remain low for some time, noted isolated reports of higher pay deals
Recent faster pace of jobs growth to continue, but underemployment still high
GDP growth to accelerate to 3 % over time, despite soft Q1
Repeats a rising A$ would complicate economic adjustment
USD/JPY extended gains in Asia, as the rally in stock markets continued. The pair reached a high of 111.78 so far, and is likely to test 112 resistance soon. Should price break above that level, there is little resistance until 113.
The US Dollar regained some strength against the other major currencies as well. EUR/USD is under pressure after another failure at 1.12, although losses have been limited to 1.1140 so far. Overall, more consolidation seems likely.
The Pound is likely to remain weak, as the Brexit negotiations will weigh on the currency. Key support is noted at 1.2640, followed by 1.25. To the topside, resistance is seen at 1.2780 and 1.2820.
AUD/USD is consolidating, but not showing any signs of weakness yet. As long as the pair can hold above 0.7520 support, the outlook is mildly positive.