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Australian dollar rises amid US employment concerns

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Australian dollar’s surge amid US employment woes

The Australian Dollar (AUD) has seen a four-day increase driven by positive market sentiment in response to disappointing US employment figures and a hopeful forecast from the Reserve Bank of Russia (RBA).

This surge is due to the RBA’s decision to maintain the 12-year cash rate of 4.35%, thereby boosting confidence in Australia’s economy stability.

On the other hand, the US Dollar is under pressure due to employment data, indicating potential rate cuts by the Federal Reserve (Fed) in 2023.

Poor employment figures and Fed Chair Jerome Powell’s supportive stance on monetary policy have fed market expectations for rate cuts, negatively impacting the US Dollar’s value.

April’s economic indicators revealed a slight drop in TD Securities Inflation data and a minimal dip in China’s Caixin Services PMI, despite ongoing growth in service activities for 16 months.

This could positively impact the Australian market given their strong export relationship with China.

However, the imbalance in trade, with China importing more from Australia than it exports, could pose an economic risk to Australia due to China’s changing economic conditions.

Significant economic indicators to watch over the next period include Australia’s export performance and China’s manufacturing data.

The latest US Nonfarm Payrolls highlight a slow-down in job growth, with just 175,000 jobs added in April.

This below-projection figure could influence the Fed to maintain interest rates within the 5.25%-5.50% range at the June meeting.

Australia’s Composite PMI saw a decline in April, representing a minor private sector growth slow-down, primarily in the service sector, while the manufacturing sector output continues to decrease.

Future predictions show the RBA’s interest rate peaking at 4.35% in November 2023, before dropping to 3.10% by December 2025’s end, possibly with a single rate cut in 2024.

According to Austan Goolsbee, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago President, future discussions may focus on recessionary pressures and monetary problems due to these RBA interest rate predictions.

This week indicated the Australian dollar trading at a rate of 0.6620, and market analysts are monitoring any signs of an increase towards the upper limit of 0.6649.

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