MARKET UPDATE
Nikkei pauses after jump to 10-month high; chip-related stocks retreat
Thursday, 17 October 2019 10:09 WIB

Japanese shares took a breather on Thursday, a day after rallying to more than 10-month highs, as investors waited for signs of progress on U.S.-China trade and Brexit negotiations. The benchmark Nikkei average edged 0.1% higher to 22,503.97 by the midday break, holding within a tight range near its 10-month peak hit on Wednesday. The broader Topix eased 0.2% to 1,628.16, not far from its...

ECONOMY
Australian Unemployment rate 0.1% lower and AUD rallies some 30 pips
Thursday, 17 October 2019 08:00 WIB

Markets are looking for the Reserve Bank of Australia to cut again, potentially as soon  as next month, so today's  labour force survey for September will be very closely watched (Markets are pricing 10bp of easing at the 5 Nov RBA meeting, and a terminal rate of 0.44% (RBA cash rate currently at 0.75%). Australia Sept Employment +14.7k (Reuters poll: +15.0k) - A miss. Australia Sept...

COMMODITY
Oil Drops as Industry Reports Shows Big Jump in U.S. Stockpiles
Thursday, 17 October 2019 09:11 WIB

Oil fell after an industry report showed a sharp jump in U.S. inventories, adding to concern that supply keeps growing as demand ebbs. Futures in New York dropped as much as 1.1% after closing up 1% on Wednesday. The American Petroleum Institute reported crude inventories rose by 10.5 million barrels last week, according to people familiar with the data. That would be the biggest...

GLOBAL
White House Assigned '3 Amigos' to Head Ukraine Policy, Top Diplomat Says
Thursday, 17 October 2019 03:50 WIB

A top U.S. State Department official told House investigators privately Tuesday administration officials told him to "lay low" on matters involving Ukraine in deference to the "three amigos" who assumed control of foreign policy toward the Eastern European ally, Democratic Congressman Gerald Connolly said. Connolly told reporters George Kent described a May 23 White House...

FISCAL & MONETARY
The RBA minutes: Board prepared to ease policy further if needed to support growth, jobs
Tuesday, 15 October 2019 08:06 WIB

The Reserve Bank of Australia came with the Minutes for the RBA Board's 1 October meeting. Members commenced their discussion of global economic conditions by noting that heightened policy uncertainty was affecting international trade and business investment. This had continued to be apparent in a range of indicators, including new export orders and investment intentions....

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