The market sentiment improved amid the slowdown in virus cases. Let's have a closer look at the AUD, S&P 500, gold and the GBP.
Australia's trade surplus rebounds steeply
In May, Australia's trade surplus rebounded steeply because coal shipments revived faster than expected from a series of cyclone-induced disruptions, thus putting exports back on track to contribute to economic surge in the quarter.
Along with recent positive reports on consumer as well as business spending, economic surge currently looks likely to have recovered from the March quarter's quite dismal 0.3% pace.
Thursday's report from the Australian Bureau of Statistics revealed that in May the trade surplus tacked on to A$2.47 billion, adding from April’s downwardly revised A$90 million and also twice surpassing market forecasts of about A$1.1 billion.
Exports of coal alone went up 62% to a cool A$5 billion because mines rushed to proceed with shipments after Cyclone Debbie destroyed rail tracks in Queensland, which appears to be one of the world's leading coal-exporting regions.
Total exports inched up 8.5% to more than revive April's dip, while imports gained 0.7%.
The RBA will make a rate statement on August 4 at 7:30 MT time.
The overall market sentiment is mixed as new virus cases continue rising throughout the world, but most economic indicators came out better than analysts expected. Let’s look at the main market movements.
The US NFP will be published on August 7 at 15:30 MT time.
The market sentiment is indeed risk-on today. Stocks, riskier currencies and gold are rising amid the waning US dollar.
Follow the BOE monetary policy and rate statements on August 6 at 14:00 MT time…