Have a look at the key financial instruments on Monday, February 28. Geopolitics is currently on all news frontlines. Western nations escalated sanctions on Russia for the invasion of Ukraine.
Australian dollar heads north on firm retail sales
On Friday, the Australian dollar managed to surge in Asia following Australia’s data of retail sales for November – the reading turned out to be better than anticipated.
As a matter of fact, sales in Australia tacked on by 0.4% month-on-month, in contrast with the 0.3% leap recorded in October. The given outcome is also above experts’ forecast of a 0.3% leap.
Besides this, the evergreen buck tumbled after Fed Chair Jerome Powell repeated that the major financial institution of America could afford being patient on monetary policy. By the way, on Thursday, Powell’s remark was echoed by Fed Vice Chairman Richard Clarida.
Evaluating the American dollar’s purchasing potential in contrast with its major rivals the USD index hit 94.933, losing 0.2%.
Some experts told that financial markets have already priced in that the US key bank won’t lift rates any further. They don’t expect the Fed to cut rates just to make the evergreen buck weaker.
Besides this, the currency pair USD/CNY slumped by 0.6% being worth 6.7460 due to the fact that China’s major bank set the Chinese Yuan reference rate at 6.7909 in contrast with the previous day's reading of 6.8160.
The China-US trade clash is still in focus after on Thursday Steven Mnuchin , US Treasury Secretary told that Chinese Vice Premier Liu He might come to Washington later this month. He added that he hopes that the US government shutdown won’t have an impact on the trade conflict between the two leading economies.
On Wednesday, America and China concluded the latest round of trade negotiations. As China’s Commerce Ministry revealed, talks with the opponent were detailed and extensive and both sides agreed to continue to be in touch.
Additionally, the currency pair USD/JPY dived by 0.1% being worth 108.29.
Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) will reveal Official Cash Rate and make a statement about monetary policy on October 6, 04:00 GMT+3.
Although Jerome Powell’s speech sounded hawkish on Wednesday, September 22, markets did not get scared and the main stock indices got bought back…
The Australian Bureau of Statistics will announce the updated Unemployment Rate and Employment Change data on Thursday, May 19, at 04:30 MT.
The UK Office for National Statistics will publish Consumer Price Index (CPI) data on Wednesday, May 18, at 09:00 MT.
The US Census Bureau will announce Core Retail Sales and Retail Sales on Tuesday, May 17 at 15:30 MT.