Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Reserve Bank of Australia’s last meeting released today

The minutes of the Reserve Bank of Australia’s last meeting released today made the odds of its interest rate hike lower. Analysts at Credit Agricole note that the RBA didn’t mention the necessity to tighten monetary policy at some stage and believe that Aussie will remain under negative pressure.

Strategists at Barclays Capital expect that the central bank will stay on hold in the near future, though they think that the nation’s monetary authorities are inclining more towards lifting up the borrowing costs than to reducing them. The RBA is keeping its benchmark interest rate at 4.75% since November.

Strategists at Westpac note that the pair AUD/USD, which has been staying between 1.0400 and 1.0800 since May, may breach the lower border of this range in the next few weeks. In their view, Australian dollar can slide to 1.0200 and then maybe even to the parity level with its American counterpart. As the reason for Aussie’s weakening the specialists cite the debt problems in the euro area and the United States.

It’s also necessary to note that Goldman Sachs that recommended buying AUD/JPY at the end of June revokes this advice.

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Chart. Daily AUD/USD

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