Risk-related currencies took dive in the ensuing period before regaining composure over the session as U.S markets found solace in better-than-expected corporate earnings from heavy weights Coca Cola and Goldman Sachs. At the height of the selling, the Euro remain under strong pressure against its major counterparts with the EURAUD pair moving to fresh euro-era lows of A$1.1892 and fresh 3.5 year lows against sterling. After declining deep into the 102-handle after Bernanke’s testimony, the Aussie dollar made an impressive comeback alongside sentiment barometers such as U.S stocks.
The Australian dollar initially founds its legs after the release of the RBA policy meeting minutes with price action breaking 103 US cents for the first time in two-weeks. While acknowledging ongoing risks and potential further deterioration from the Euro-region and United States, the minutes provide a slightly hawkish lean than anticipated with members noting signs the domestic economy has improved, while “growth in domestic activity in China may not be slowing much further.” In essence, with the impact of previous reductions of the cash rate yet to fully infiltrate the economy, relative stability both locally and abroad has now provided the RBA the time to further assess forthcoming data points, with the next primary risk event likely to be local consumer price data next week.
To recap events earlier in the session, the rate of inflation in the UK slid to a 31-month low of 2.4 percent in June short of expectations and previous growth of 2.8 percent. Core inflation with excludes the volatility food and energy components rose 2.1 percent from the previous year. The retail focus prices gauge also reflected a softer rate of inflation falling to 2.8 percent on year from a previous 3.1 percent. With inflation significantly lower from its peak of 5.2 percent in late 2011, the latest print adds credence to the Bank of England’s recent decision to step-up asset purchases by £50 billion, bringing the total value to £375 billion. The Bank of England’s target for inflation is 2 percent.
Meanwhile, morale in Europe’s largest economy remains low according to the latest German ZEW survey of economic sentiment. The headline index fell to -19.6 in July from a previous -16.9 – the third straight month of losses. The current situation component of the report also suggests constant negativity from Southern Europe continues to take its toll falling to an index level of 21.1 from a previous 33.2.
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