There was some FX movement during the session here even as traders looked ahead to the US employment report due later on Friday.

AUD and NZD were out-performers awaiting a news conference called in China by the State Planner, the National Development and Reform Commission of the People's Republic of China (NDRC), and the People’s Bank of China. The conference, at 10am Beijing time, resulted in further vague promises and piecemeal proposals. AUD and NZD dribbled back lower to retrace some of their gain on a ‘sell the fact’ basis.

From the Reserve Bank of Australia today we got the latest Statement on Monetary Policy (SoMP). There was little market-moving new information in it. The Statement repeated that the full impact of the rate hike cycle so far in Australia has yet to be seen and that rates would rise higher if needed. The revised forecasts indicated a still slow glide path lower for CPI, still above 3% at the end of 2024 according to the revised projections. The bottom line is still a hawkish bias at the RBA but a weaker one.

Asian equity markets:

  • Japan’s Nikkei 225 -0.1%

  • China’s Shanghai Composite +0.2%

  • Hong Kong’s Hang Seng +0.9%

  • South Korea’s KOSPI +0.2%

  • Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 -0.2%

US data tonight is a focus, July jobs report. Due at 8.30 am US Eastern time and 12.30 pm GMT.

There are previews in the points above:

us July non farm payroll 04 August 2023