Aussie held at lows on China data miss


Sales at 16-year low

The growth in China’s retail sales slumped to the lowest since 2003 in April, another testament of the impact the trade war may be having on consumer sentiment. Sales grew 7.2% y/y, missing economists’ forecasts of an 8.6% gain, and a marked slowdown from March’s +8.7%.

Industrial production didn’t fare that well either, rising just 5.4% y/y after March’s spurt to +8.5%. Analysts had been expecting a drop off in production to +6.5%. The National Bureau of Statistics attributed the fluctuation in industrial production to the reduction in VAT rates. In other data, fixed asset investment rose 6.1% in the first four months of the year, missing economists’ forecasts of a 6.4% increase. To March, investment had been up 6.3% y/y.

The reaction to the weaker data was relatively muted in the markets. China shares had started the session positively following the rebound on Wall Street, and stayed there throughout the morning. The Australian dollar had been trading weaker versus the US dollar before the data release, and the move after the release was insignificant. AUD/USD had touched an intra-day low of 0.6921, the weakest since January 2, and is now at 0.6930.

AUD/JPY is down 0.24% at 75.970 on the day and hovering above the 50% retracement level of the advance from January to April at 75.82. There are A$820 million worth of AUD/JPY puts expiring today with a strike price of 76.10, according to data from DTCC compiled by Bloomberg.


AUD/JPY Daily Chart

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Australia wages steady

Australia’s wage price index rose 0.5% q/q in the first quarter of the year, the same as the fourth quarter last year. This was slightly below estimates of a 0.6% gain and will likely help to keep inflation under the RBA’s radar. As mentioned above, AUD/USD traded generally softer on the day, but the reaction to the data was minimal.

Markets stabilise overnight

Europe’s Q1 growth numbers in the spotlight

The European session kicks off with the release of Q1 GDP growth data for Germany and the Euro-zone. The German economy is seen expanding 0.7% from a year earlier, a slower pace than the 0.9% recorded in Q4. The Euro-zone economy is expected to fare a little bit better, according to economists’ forecasts, with a 1.2% increase from a year prior.

Other data includes Euro-zone Q1 employment change and the US retail sales data for April. US industrial production and capacity utilization are also due along with speeches from the Fed’s Quarles and ECB’s Coeure and Praet.


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Live FX market analysis – 14 May 2019 (video)

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Another big week in the markets which started with China announcing counter-tariffs against the US, in retaliation for its announcement at the end of last week. OANDA Senior Market Analyst Craig Erlam talks about this and all the other stories in the markets this week.



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Andrew Robinson

Andrew Robinson

Senior Market Analyst at MarketPulse
A seasoned professional with more than 30 years’ experience in foreign exchange, interest rates and commodities, Andrew Robinson is a senior market analyst with OANDA, responsible for providing timely and relevant market commentary and live market analysis throughout the Asia-Pacific region. Having previously worked in Europe, since moving to Singapore he worked with several leading institutions including Bloomberg, Saxo Capital Markets and Informa Global Markets, proving FX strategies based on a combination of technical and fundamental analysis as well as market flow information. Andrew began his career as an FX dealer with NatWest and the Royal Bank of Scotland in the UK.
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