The Australian economy has been on a steady recovery path, and now we have a very symbolic confirmation that S&P ASX 200 is about to cross 7000!
GDP of Australia rallies in the first quarter
Australia's GDP tacked on in the first quarter of this year, with seasonal wavering of 1% having ascended by 0.5% in the fourth quarter of last year. That’s what the Australian Bureau of Statistics unveiled. The GDP surge turned to be higher than the predictions of market experts.
However, in annual terms, Australia's GDP went up by 3.1%, thus surpassing surge forecasts by about 2.8% in contrast with a 2.4% jump three months before.
The export of services and goods added about 0.5% to GDP surge.
The surge in exports explained half of the GDP leap and also reflected the strength of export goods.
In addition to this, the gross added value of the mining industry for the quarter went up by up to 2.9%. As for the extraction of iron ore, liquefied natural gas and coal, it greatly tacked on.
The revenue of private non-financial corporations went up by 6.0% in the 1st quarter - the strongest ascend of the previous year.
The surge in revenue was in line with a powerful leap in exports of mining businesses combined with surge in terms of trade this quarter.
Private investment backed GDP surge with continued firm investment in machinery as well as equipment. It was especially firm in the non-mining sector. Surge in the construction of new housing went down a bit, although recent high levels persisted, which is generally in line with the number of building approvals recorded in recent months.
As for expenditures on final consumption of the government, they edged up by 1.6% per quarter and they also soared by 5.1% per annum. Additionally, state investments dived a bit, although remained at elevated levels.
Consumption of households went up by 0.3% for the quarter and also 2.9% year-on-year. As for the household saving ratio, it sagged to 2.1% and turned out to be the lowest reading since December 2007.
According to the recent report by the Australian Department of Industry, the country is forecast to earn around 136 billion Australian dollars from the ore exports this year.
The Reserve Bank of Australia will make a rate statement on March 2, at 5:30 MT time.
US retail sales will be out on Thursday, April 15, at 15:30 MT. It is a significant release for traders as it will impact the US dollar.
As the earnings season kicks in, JPMorgan is the first to impress us with the better-than-expected data!
The Reserve Bank of New Zealand will hold a meeting on Wednesday, April 14, at 05:00 MT.