Marketwatch APAC

Daily Insights
August 22, 2023

The Aussie dollar reached a high of 0.6457 during the U.S. session but was unable to keep that momentum going, closing at a level of 0.6422.  The AUDUSD was able to hold on to its gains and even tread a bit higher after manufacturing and services data out of Australia came in softer than expected.  The report came in at 49.4 from a 49.6 forecast and the services sector dropped to 46.7 from an expected 47.9.  This weakens the Global Composite PMI to 47.1 from a 48.2 in July. Positive market news for the Aussie dollar came out of China, with the benchmark rate for mortgage loans staying unchanged, despite the People’s Bank of China move to drop the 1-yr prime loan rate.    This, along with expectations that the Fed’s annual Jackson Hole Symposium will be somewhat soft as far as comments on further hikes in interest rates.  The market will also be paying close attention to the plethora of Federal Reserve Officials comments this week to get a clearer idea of what they can possibly expect at Jackson Hole.

Economic Calendar

JPY - Flash Manufacturing PMI
EUR - French Flash Manufacturing PMI
EUR - French Flash Services PMI
EUR - German Flash Manufacturing PMI
EUR - German Flash Services PMI
EUR - Flash Manufacturing PMI
EUR - Flash Services PMI
All - BRICS Summit
GBP - Flash Manufacturing PMI
GBP - Flash Services PMI
EUR - EU Economic Forecasts
CAD - Core Retail Sales m/m
CAD - Retail Sales m/m
USD - Flash Manufacturing PMI
USD - Flash Services PMI
EUR - Consumer Confidence
USD - New Home Sales
USD - Crude Oil Inventories

Market Indicators

Currency Pairs
Pair High Low
aud/usd 0.64576 0.64033
nzd/usd 0.59718 0.5923
aud/nzd 1.08255 1.0797
usd/jpy 146.398 145.496
usd/cad 1.35647 1.35128
eur/usd 1.09302 1.08327
gbp/usd 1.28004 1.27185
aud/eur 1.70196 1.68663
aud/jpy 94.058 93.504
aud/cny 4.7160 4.6644
Equities and Commodities
S&P 500 4391.58
DOW 34311.9
Nasdaq 100 14924
ASX200 7113.24
GOLD 1898.11
WTI 79.65

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