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No market surprises with Australian trade balance

The Australian Bureau of Statistics reported the balance on goods rose to A$7.13 billion on Thursday, up from A$6.2 billion the previous month, which was broadly in line with market forecasts.

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Exports edged up 0.4%, helped by an increase in iron ore and other metals, while imports fell 1.9, led by a drop in industrial transport equipment.

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Australia's trade balance on goods

The latest numbers on Australia's trading situation reveal some interesting trends. In October, the country's trade balance on goods increased to 7.13 billion Australian dollars, which is higher than the previous month. This was expected by experts. On the export front, there was a small increase of 0.4%, driven by higher exports of iron ore and other metals. On the other hand, imports decreased by 1.9%, mainly due to a drop in the import of industrial transport equipment.

AUD/USD

Now let's take a look at the exchange rate between the AUD and the USD. In the morning, there was a tiny increase of 0.04% in the value of the Australian dollar compared to the US dollar. However, earlier it had actually been slightly lower and has been under pressure to be sold for the past four days, with only a brief previous increase. In fact, currently, the exchange rate is at the lowest point it has been in over two weeks.

The Federal Reserve

Traders in the market are eagerly awaiting the release of jobless claims data from the US on Friday. This information has the potential to impact the plans of the Federal Reserve and influence the demand for the US dollar. If the jobless claims data suggest a strong job market, it could strengthen the US dollar and affect the exchange rate between the Australian and US dollars.

In summary, the economic data from Australia shows a positive trade balance, with exports increasing and imports decreasing. This is largely due to more metal exports and less import of industrial transport equipment. On the currency side, the Australian dollar has experienced some ups and downs against the US dollar, but currently, it is at a low point. Traders are eagerly anticipating the release of US jobless claims data, which could have an impact on the Federal Reserve's policies and ultimately influence the demand for the US dollar, potentially affecting the exchange rate between the Australian and US dollars.

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