Australian Dollar Stumbles on Disappointing Business Sentiment Index

Australian Dollar (AUD) Slips as Business Sentiment Weakens

The Australian Dollar (AUD) was placed on the defensive on Tuesday following the publication of a weaker-than-expected domestic business sentiment index.

The ‘Aussie’ was also undermined by concerns over the economic impact of the ongoing coronavirus lockdown in Victoria, particularly amidst concerns restrictions could be extended again.

The Australian Dollar could mount a recovery later today however, should the Westpac consumer confidence index print above expectations in June.

Pound (GBP) Undermined by Coronavirus Fears

The Pound (GBP) trended lower during yesterday’s session, amidst growing concern that the spread of the Delta variant of the coronavirus could force the government to delay its 21 June reopening plans.

Exerting additional pressure on Sterling sentiment were rising tensions between the UK and EU over the Northern Ireland protocol, with the EU threatening to take action against the UK if it does not abide by its ‘international law obligations’.

The UK and EU will hold a crunch meeting regarding the protocol later today, with the Pound vulnerable to losses if the dispute continues to escalate.

Euro (EUR) Supported by Upgraded GDP Release

The Euro (EUR) edged higher on Tuesday, following the release of the latest Eurozone GDP estimate as growth in the bloc was revised higher in the first quarter of 2021.

However, these gains were tempered somewhat as Germany’s latest industrial production figures and ZEW economic sentiment index both printed below expectations.

Looking ahead, any movement in the Euro may prove limited today as EUR investors brace for the European Central Bank’s (ECB) rate decision on Thursday.

US Dollar (USD) Buoyed by Bearish Trade

The US Dollar (USD) traded with modest gains yesterday, with the currency appreciating amidst slight souring of market sentiment.

Reinforcing the uptrend in the ‘Greenback’ were the latest JOLTs job opening figures, which printed at a new record high in April, while pointing to some considerable slack in the US job market.

Meanwhile, with the focus now turning to Thursday’s consumer price index, USD investors may refrain from making any aggressive bets today.

Canadian Dollar (CAD) Muted as Oil Prices Dip

The Canadian Dollar (CAD) traded in a narrow range on Tuesday, with the commodity-linked currency struggling for direction amidst a modest drop in oil prices.

The ‘Loonie’ could rally later this evening however, if the Bank of Canada (BoC) should strike a hawkish tone as it concludes its latest policy meeting.

New Zealand Dollar (NZD) Dented by US-China Tensions

The New Zealand Dollar (NZD) ticked lower overnight on Monday as market risk appetite was dented by fresh US-China tensions, as well as growing concerns over rising global inflationary pressures.

Data Releases

Jun 9th 10:30 AUD Westpac Consumer Confidence (Jun) 114
Jun 10th 00:00 CAD BoC Rate Decision 0.25%

Mathew Andrews