Market watch Fed Cautions, RBA Meeting, Global Sentiment Wavers. Key data, central bank updates impact markets.
In the US session, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia President Patrick Harker’s speeches emphasized a neutral stance, warning against further rate increases to prevent economic pressure. The dollar index (DXY) fluctuated, dropping from 106.55 to 106.20. Looking to the Asia session, the Reserve Bank of The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) will release October’s monetary policy meeting minutes, providing insights into the decision-making process. Strong hints of a hawkish stance could boost the Australian dollar, which touched 0.6360 overnight.
Market Watch – Fed Cautions, RBA Meeting, Global Sentiment Cautious
Key US data included Retail Sales and Industrial Production. August’s retail sales rose by 0.6%, indicating robust consumer spending despite high prices and borrowing costs. Industrial production increased by 0.4% in August, but a potential slowdown in September could signify weakening industrial momentum in the US.
The RBA maintained the cash rate in Australia at 4.10%, indicating possible future tightening. RBA Governor Michele Bullock’s discussion on the economic climate might influence markets, especially if combined with hawkish minutes, strengthening the Australian dollar.
The New Zealand dollar (NZD) faced pressure due to weaker-than-expected Q3 Consumer Price Inflation data. The NZD dropped but found support around 0.5900; a breach could lead to further declines. In Japan, USD/JPY fluctuated, reaching 149.77 before dropping due to Harker’s neutral remarks.
Germany’s ZEW Economic Sentiment in the Eurozone remained negative, reflecting economic weakness. The UK’s labor market report awaited release; a strong report could bolster the Pound (GBP). Canada’s Consumer Price Inflation data, showing a rise to 4.0% YoY in August, suggested potential impacts on the Bank of Canada’s interest rate decisions. Oil prices continued falling due to Middle East stability, with WTI oil dropping below $86.00 per barrel. The market sentiment remains cautious, emphasizing the global impact of economic data and central bank decisions.