May 20, 2019 — 3 min read
The AUDUSD opened at 0.6908 (mid-rate), and the NZDUSD opened at 0.6535 (mid-rate) this morning.
The key driver for the AUD during our trading day will be this morning’s RBA monetary policy minutes, while tomorrow’s speech by Governor Lowe will have investors hoping for clues on whether a June rate cut remains a possibility.
An escalation in trade tensions between the US and China has tempered risk appetite and restricted currency market moves.
Global equity markets are in the red following Google's decision to suspend some of its businesses with Huawei after Trump barred American companies from selling to Chinese telecom giant without a US government license. According to reports Google has suspended its transfer of hardware, software and technical services indefinitely. European equity markets are currently the worst affected by the news falling circa 1.5%.
Yesterday afternoon Japan’s Q1 GDP surprised to the upside with the Cabinet Office reporting gross domestic product rose a seasonally adjusted 0.5%, confounding economists who had predicted a 0.1% fall.
The Japanese economy unexpectedly grew at an annualised 2.1% in the January-March quarter although the result is somewhat misleading as the largest driver of the expansion was imports falling at a faster rate than exports, and falling imports point to an underlying weakness in demand.
Global equity have softened overnight, - Dow -0.33%, S&P 500 -0.65%, FTSE -0.51%, DAX -1.61%, CAC -1.46%, Nikkei +0.24%, Shanghai -0.41%.
Gold prices are unchanged trading at $1,277 an ounce. WTI Crude Oil prices have inched higher up 0.2% trading at $63.03 a barrel.
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