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The Asia session kicked off with a flurry of economic data releases, setting the tone for regional trading and influencing sentiment globally. Here’s a breakdown of key events and their impact on major currencies and commodities:

Australia: Inflation Surges, Boosting Aussie Dollar

Inflation in Australia took center stage as March’s monthly Consumer Price Index (CPI) increased to 3.5% year-on-year, surpassing expectations. The quarterly reading also saw a significant increase from 0.6% in the previous quarter to 1% in the first quarter of 2024, exceeding forecasts of 0.8%. This hot CPI print sent strong tailwinds for the Aussie dollar, pushing the AUD/USD currency pair above 0.6500 to reach as high as 0.6530 following the release.

Europe & US Sessions: Eyes on German Business Climate and Durable Goods Orders

Germany’s IFO Business Climate rebounded notably in the first quarter of 2024, indicating improved sentiment across key sectors such as services, trade, and construction. The positive estimate of 88.9 points to further improvement in April, potentially serving as a bullish catalyst for the Euro.

Meanwhile, in the US, attention turned towards durable goods orders, which rebounded in February after declines in the previous months. Forecasts indicate that the momentum will gain traction in March, with expectations pointing to a significant gain of 2.5%. Positive surprises in these orders could be a bullish catalyst for the dollar during the Europe and US sessions.

Market Outlook: Dollar Index, Gold, Australian Dollar, and More

Central Bank Notes: Federal Funds Rate Unchanged, RBA Maintains Cash Rate

The Federal Reserve kept the Federal Funds Rate target range unchanged at 5.25% to 5.50% for the fifth consecutive meeting. The Committee remains focused on achieving maximum employment and maintaining inflation at 2% over the longer run. It will cautiously approach adjustments to the target range until it gains greater confidence in sustainable inflation movement.

In Australia, the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) kept the cash rate target unchanged at 4.35%, marking the seventh pause out of the last eight board meetings. Despite steady inflation, the RBA remains vigilant, expecting it to be some time before inflation returns to the target range.

Market Outlook

Dollar Index (DXY): Medium bearish bias persists, with a focus on durable goods orders for potential bullish catalysts.

Gold (XAU): Weak bearish bias as upbeat US economic data could strengthen the dollar and exert downward pressure on gold prices.

Australian Dollar (AUD): A medium bullish bias remains following robust inflation data, focusing on future RBA meetings.

Kiwi Dollar (NZD): Medium bullish bias despite initial gains following the Australian CPI release, as NZD/USD faces pressure during Asian and European trading hours.

Japanese Yen (JPY): Weak bearish bias continues as concerns over yen weakness persist, with attention on potential intervention measures by the Bank of Japan.

Euro (EUR): This currency has a medium bullish bias, supported by positive German business climate data. It focuses on the ECB’s assessment of the inflation outlook.

Swiss Franc (CHF): Weak bullish bias persists amidst a weak franc, with USD/CHF likely to extend sideways price action.

Pound (GBP): Medium bullish bias as robust UK flash PMI data boosts sentiment, with a focus on the Bank of England’s future monetary policy decisions.

Canadian Dollar (CAD): Weak bearish bias amid expectations of modest retail sales rebound, with attention on Bank of Canada’s economic forecasts.

Oil: Weak bullish bias as API stockpiles data signals stronger-than-expected demand, with a focus on EIA Crude Oil Inventories for further market direction.

As trading progresses into the Europe and US sessions, investors remain attentive to economic indicators and central bank statements for further cues on currency and commodity movements.

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