Aussie edges higher as retail sales beat estimate
AUD/USD is trading marginally up on the day after Australia’s retail sales came in higher than expected in June. Sales rose 0.4% m/m, matching the expansion seen in May and higher than the +0.3% economists had predicted. With June data now available, the summary for the second quarter is complete and registered a 1.2% increase quarter-on-quarter, also higher than the 0.8% forecast, which could bode well for Q2 GDP, though this is not due to be released until September 4. AUD/USD had a knee-jerk reaction higher, but not aggressively so, reaching an intra-day high of 0.7373, as the US dollar retained its bid tone it had acquired in the NY session.
AUD/USD Hourly Chart
Other currency pairs were equally confined to tight ranges. USD/JPY slid 0.01% as the Nikkei225 trimmed 0.57% off the index. GBP continued its weaker bias after the Bank of England’s dovish hike late yesterday, sliding to a two-week low of 1.3005 though notably still holding above the 1.3000 handle.
Yuan continues to reflect trade tensions
The People’s Bank of China fixed the yuan weaker by 0.6% against the US dollar today after headlines about China’s intention to retaliate against Trump’s musings to increase the tariff on the next $200 billion of Chinese goods to 25% from 10% hit the wires yesterday. In intraday trading, USD/CNH hit a new recent high of 6.8970, the highest since May 2017.
Today’s data slate included China’s Caixin Services PMI for July which showed a dip to 52.8 from 53.9 the previous month and well below forecasts of 53.7.
Monthly payrolls lottery on tap
Trading was understandably muted in Asia will all eyes on the release of July US nonfarm payrolls later today. Latest surveys suggest the US added 190,000 jobs in July, less than the 213.000 recorded in June and below the six-month moving average of 215,000. Related data is expected to show unemployment easing off to 3.9% after last month’s unexpected surge to 4.0% while average hourly earnings are seen rising 0.3% m/m, a faster pace than in June.
Other data includes services PMI reading from across Europe, Eurozone retail sales and Canada’s trade data for June.
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Have a great weekend.