The RBA keeps rates unchanged and does not change QE plans

The Reserve Bank of Australia announced no change to its QE/tapering plans for the time being, brushing aside the recent virus outbreak by saying that if it gets contained then the economy would be able to bounce back quickly. Meanwhile, Australia's neighbor, New Zealand said that they would look to tighten mortgage lending standards. That news has sent the NZD and AUD higher on the day and into the lead as the strongest of the major currencies. Meanwhile the USD is the weakest. Stocks are higher. Yields are more or less steady after the decline yesterday that saw the 10 year move to as low as 1.157%. The declines in the dollar come despite more hawkish comments from Fed Governor Waller who is calling for tapering to begin in September. Waller joins Bullard (who also spoke in the London session) as the biggest hawks at the Fed (Waller is a voter/Bullard is not in 2021. Both will be voting members in 2022 though).

The RBA keeps rates unchanged and does not change QE plans

The snapshot of the morning session shows some rather modest trading ranges in some of the major currency pairs. The EURUSD has only a low to high trading range of 27 pips (vs 57 pip average over the last month of trading). The USDJPY has a range of 25 pips (vs 56 avg), the USDCAD 37 pips (vs 98 pip avg) and USDCHF (34 pips (vs 53 pip avg.).

The ranges and changes

In other markets:

  • Spot gold is down around four dollars or -0.23% at $1808.80.
  • Spot silver is up three cents or 0.08% $25.38
  • WTI crude oil futures are trading down $0.86 or -1.2% at $70.74 after yesterday's sharp declines of over 3%
  • Bitcoin is trading at $38,353 that's down around $800 on the day. The weekend high reached $42,400.

The premarket for US stocks shows the major indices are higher after the mixed results yesterday (the NASDAQ held onto small gains)

  • S&P index is up 14.09 points. The S&P index fell -8.11 points yesterday
  • Dow industrial average is up 135.84 points. The Dow felt -97.11 points yesterday
  • NASDAQ index is up 24.38 points. The NASDAQ index rose 8.39 points.

In the European markets, the major indices are trading higher:

  • German DAX +0.23%
  • France's CAC +1%
  • UK's FTSE 100 +0.5%
  • Spain's Ibex +0.7%
  • Italy's FTSE MIB +0.5%

In the US debt market, yields are starting the New York session a little bit higher from yesterday's closing level. The benchmark 10 year yield is up to 1.184%, up 1.2 basis point on the day.

US yields

On the economic calendar today:

  • US factory goods orders for June along with the revision to durable goods orders will be released at 10 AM ET. Factory orders are expected to rise by 1.0% after a 1.7% increase in May. The preliminary June durable goods orders was released on July 27 and showed a 0.8% gain versus 2.1% expected. The ex-transportation came in at 0.3% versus 0.8% expected. Capital goods orders nondefense ex air (piece used in US GDP calculations) rose 0.5% versus 0.7% expected. The report was the fourth Miss in a row, but revisions to the prior month were higher
  • Fed Bowman (Voter) is speaking at a conference on "Toward an inclusive recovery: Improving labor force attachment and financial security among low income and marginalize workers" He is scheduled to speak at 2 PM ET