Forex news for Asia trading Wednesday 23 November 2016

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AUD was a solid performer again today, moving higher from its overnight consolidation around 0.74. Iron ore was up in China again today, AUD/JPY buyers prevalent, as well as AUD/NZD buying continuing. Iron ore was up 8+% in China today. Overnight Goldman Sachs raised their forecasts for the rock:

  • Three-months at $65 a tonne
  • 6-month to $63
  • 12-months to $55

Goldman Sachs hedged a little, outlining numerous downside risks, revolving around political uncertainties in the US & China (for more, see link at bottom of this wrap).

The bid for AUD was despite poor data today (Q3 construction work, details in bullets above); the result will weigh heavily on Q3 GDP (due December 7)

  • ANZ say it'll cut 0.7% from GDP
  • Westpac say it'll cut 'in excess of' 0.5%
  • UBS say it'll cut 0.7%

0.7440/50 is a level to watch for resistance on AUD/USD. As I update its topped for the day just over 0.7430. Expect it to do some work here, at the very least.

In other currencies moves were subdued, which was not too surprising given the Japanese holiday today (market closed). USD/JPY tracked a small range around 111.05 as the more or less mid point. EUR and CHF are little changed for the day, cable ditto. NZD was marginally more active, slightly higher (held in check by AUD/NZD buying) but slipping back as I post.

Gold is a few pennies higher, oil is little changed also.

The People's Bank of China weakened the CNY against the USD again today after a one-day respite on Tuesday. USD/Offshore yuan edging higher:

Regional equities:

  • Nikkei - holiday in Japan today
  • Shanghai +0.23%
  • HK +0.38%
  • ASX +1.19%

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