Analysis and Recommendation: (close of Asian session)
AUD/USD was trading at 1.0558, towards the end of the asian trading day it seems that the aussie is making a slight comeback.
Australia's gross domestic product grew 0.4% in the fourth quarter, far below expectations for a 0.7% gain. Weight on the Aussie was compounded by worries that Greece is still at risk of a default pushed the USD up against its trading partners. Doubts about the success of the Greek debt-swap deal on Thursday have risen with only 20 per cent of private creditors so far agreeing to the deal. The Greek government has set a 75 per cent participation rate as a threshold for proceeding with the transaction.
There is an immense amount of risk surrounding this scenario If it doesn't go according to plan there will be huge risk aversion taking place - the New Zealand and Australian dollars will be slammed.
Greece and the IIF seem to have calmed the markets by assuring publicly that everything was on track.
The statements over the weekend by the Chinese Premier, reducing growth estimates for 2012 is having a reverberating effect on both the Aussie and the kiwi.
March 7, 2012 Economic Release actual v. forecast
March 6, 2012 Economic Releases actual v. forecast
Interest Rate Decision
Halifax House Price Index (MoM)
Scheduled Economic Events for March 8, 2012 (GMT)
00:30 AUD Employment Change 5.0K 46.3K
00:30 AUD Unemployment Rate 5.2% 5.1%
Employment Change measures the change in the number of people employed. Job creation is an important indicator of consumer spending. The Unemployment Rate measures the percentage of the total work force that is unemployed and actively seeking employment during the previous month.
13:30 USD Initial Jobless Claims 350K 351K
13:30 USD Continuing Jobless Claims 3385K 3402K
Initial Jobless Claims measures the number of individuals who filed for unemployment insurance for the first time during the past week. This is the earliest U.S. economic data, but the market impact varies from week to week. Continuing Jobless Claims measures the number of unemployed individuals who qualify for benefits under unemployment insurance.
Sovereign Bond Auction Schedule
Mar 08 16:00 US Announces auctions of 3Y Notes
Mar 12, 10Y Notes on Mar 13 & 30Y Bonds on Mar 14
Mar 08 16:30 Italy Details BOT auction on Mar 13
Mar 09 11:00 Belgium OLO mini bond auction
Mar 09 16:30 Italy Details BTP/CCTeu on Mar 14
AUD/USD Pivot Points (Time Frame: 1 Day)
Name S3 S2 S1 Pivot R1 R2 R3