APAC Markets Soar After OPEC Production Cut

The overnight rally in oil prices amid reports that oil producers finally agreed to cut production levels sent Asia markets higher on Thursday.

Australia’s ASX 200 was up 0.87 percent in morning trade, with the energy sector rallying 6 percent, while the materials sector gained 2.25 percent.

The Australian dollar, which is influenced by moves in oil prices, climbed from levels near $0.7650 in the overnight session to as high as $0.7710 on Thursday morning local time. As of 9:49 a.m. HK/SIN, the Aussie traded at $0.7700.

Stephen Innes, a senior trader at OANDA, said on Thursday that while the bounce in commodities helped to push the Aussie dollar higher, sentiment is also “underpinned by a growing consensus that the Reserve Bank of Australia will remain on hold for the foreseeable future.”

This, Innes said, underscored the market’s view of the Aussie as a “safe haven high yielder.”



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Stephen Innes

Stephen Innes

Head of Trading APAC at OANDA
Stephen has over 25 years of experience in the financial markets and currently based in Singapore as the Head of Trading Asia Pacific with OANDA. Stephen's market views focus on the movement of G-10 and ASEAN Currencies. His views appear in Bloomberg, CNBC.Reuters, New York Times WSJ and the Economist. His media appearances include Bloomberg TV & Radio, BBC International, Sky TV, Channel News Asia, ASTRO AWANI and BFM Malaysia. Stephen has an extensive trading experience in Spot and Forward FX, Currency and Interest Rate Futures, Money Market Derivatives and Precious Metals. Before joining OANDA, he worked with organisations like Nat West, Chemical Bank, Garvin Guy Butler, and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation. Stephen was born in Glasgow, Scotland, and holds a Degree in Economics from the University of Western Ontario.
Stephen Innes