By Chris Becker
The Asian response to the fall in US manufacturing overnight was tepid at best, confused at worst, but it was all eyes on the RBA as it cut rates, yet the dollar rose against the USD! Aussie stocks retraced all of yesterday’s gains with the ASX200 losing 0.6% to 4503 points. Check out a full roundup by sector including some the top 8 stocks and some technical analysis below.
The Nikkei 225 had a small loss as the Yen strengthened slightly against the USD, while Chinese markets are putting in a scratch day – not breaking out as I expected. Notch that for another wrong call in the short term!
The Aussie dollar slipped a little on the rates decision, but then rallied slightly as the full statement was absorbed by traders – in other words no real change against the USD or most of the other major crosses either. Given there’s a few more months before the next rates decision in February, there’s no real pressure here .
The US Dollar Index and Gold (USD) are continuning to act weird, BOTH falling today – the latter getting close to support at $1700USD per ounce, I’m getting that trade wrong – the former below support, got that right – strange times indeed:
The table above shows losses across most sectors, although Health had a small upday, the pain was mainly in materials – that’s another I’ve got wrong in the short term!
The best performing ASX8 (the top four miners and banks) was Woodside – only losing 0.1% – not much really to say with that one – bullish sideways is the best interpretation:
The market is trying to revisit the previous high falling below resistance at 4520 points – but with significant support at 4400 points:
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