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 Australian dollar may be supported by the jobs data
Information is not investment advice
The releases of employment change and the unemployment rate for Australia are expected on February 21, at 2:30 MT time. We need to pay attention to the jobs data, as it relates to consumer spending, which accounts for a majority of overall economic activity. Last time, the level of employment change outperformed the forecasts. The employment in Australia increased by 21.6 thousand jobs (vs. 17.3 thousand expected). The level of unemployment rate declined more than analysts expected. As a result, the aussie rose significantly. If the situation repeats itself, this will be good news for the Australian dollar.
• If the employment change is higher, and the unemployment rate is lower than the forecasts, the AUD will rise;
• If the employment change is lower, and the unemployment rate is higher than the forecasts, the AUD will fall.
The market sentiment switched to risk-off after the Fed’s Powell statement. The USD edged higher, while risker assets started falling after reaching quite high levels. Let’s have a closer look.
The overall market sentiment is mixed as investors await the Federal Reserve’s statement today at the evening.
The market sentiment is indeed risk-on today. Stocks, riskier currencies and gold are rising amid the waning US dollar.
The US NFP will be published on August 7 at 15:30 MT time.
The RBA will make a rate statement on August 4 at 7:30 MT time.