RBA has further to go in terms of rate cuts – Westpac

According to Robert Rennie, head of FM strategy at Westpac, while today’s 21.1k rise in Australia’s full time employment (2.9%yy) was better than expe  |  18/07/2019 11:04

According to Robert Rennie, head of FM strategy at Westpac, while today’s 21.1k rise in Australia’s full time employment (2.9%yy) was better than expected, the 20.6k drop in part time and 5.24% unemployment rate suggested a softer underlying tone in line with partial data suggesting that jobs momentum has slowed.

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“It reinforces Westpac’s view that the RBA has further to go in terms of rate cuts if it has any chance of hitting the 4.5% NAIRU target any time soon.”

“However, with a third cut fully factored by Feb next year and 35% of a fourth cut to 0.50% after that, its hard to see too much downside risk to the A$ from interest rate differentials alone. And with iron ore holding above $120 helping drive record trade surplus, the A$ should remain well supported for now.”

“Thus we again hold a neutral bias for the week ahead, though we still expect to see the A$ lower on a 1 and 3 month basis and see near term price action as capped by 0.7050.”

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