Australia’s central bank cut interest rates to an all-time low of 1.75 percent on Tuesday, the first easing in a year as it seeks to restrain a rising currency and insulate the economy from creeping deflation.
The Reserve Bank of Australia’s (RBA) quarter-point cut sent the local dollar down more than one U.S. cent to $0.7567 as markets wagered a further move to 1.5 percent was now likely.
Banking stocks took off on the prospect of increase demand for mortgages, lifting the benchmark index 1.8 percent.
Speculation of a possible cut flared last week when government data showed inflation had slowed far more than expected in the first quarter of the year.
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