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.
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.
The overall market sentiment was mixed after the USA recorded the largest increase in virus cases since May 9. The data even offset the better-than-expected NFP.
The US-China trade deal and upcoming PMI are in focus of traders' attention.
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…