AUD/USD recovers from daily losses, RBA leaves borrowing costs unchanged

March 4, 2014 8:00 am

Australian dollar managed to recover from earlier daily losses against its US counterpart on Tuesday, while the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) decided to keep borrowing costs without change at its policy meeting today, as the exchange rate of the national currency was still high.

Having touched a session low at 0.8910 at 3:45 GMT, AUD/USD climbed to 0.8945 at 7:20 GMT, gaining 0.10% for the day. Support was likely to be received at March 3rd low, 0.8891, while resistance was to be encountered at February 28th high, 0.8990.

At the policy meeting earlier on Tuesday the Reserve Bank of Australia decided to leave its benchmark interest rate unchanged at the current record low level of 2.50% in line with expectations.

According to RBA Governor Glenn Stevens, recent decline in the exchange rate of the Aussie favored nation’s economy, but however, the rate remained still high by historical standards.

“The most prudent course is likely to be a period of stability in interest rates”, Stevens said in a statement following central bank’s decision, reiterating remarks he made after the policy meeting in February.

“It’s a small negative for the Aussie in that the RBA was willing to resume even the mildest jawboning,” said Sean Callow, a currency strategist at Westpac Banking Corp. in Sydney, cited by Bloomberg News. “It’s just a very gentle reminder that longer term, they do expect the Aussie will be lower.”

The Aussie gained some ground earlier in the day, after a report made it clear that the number of building approvals in Australia rose 6.8% in January compared to a month ago, which outstripped preliminary estimates of a 0.5% gain. December’s drop has been revised up to 1.3% from 2.9% previously.

In annual terms, the number of building approvals jumped 34.6% in January, following another 22.5% increase in December.

A separate report revealed that the deficit on Australia’s current account narrowed to 10.139 billion AUD during the final quarter of 2013 from a deficit of 12.539 billion AUD in Q3. Experts had projected a deficit at the amount of 10.000 billion AUD in Q4.

The yield on Australian benchmark 10-year bonds climbed two basis points, or 0.02 percentage point, to reach 4.01%, while the yield on nation’s three-year bonds rose five basis points to 2.83%, after reaching 2.76% on Monday, or the lowest level since September 30th.

Meanwhile, yesterday the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) reported that manufacturing activity in the United States expanded at a faster than projected pace in February, which eased concerns that economy may remain vulnerable. The corresponding PMI advanced to a reading of 53.2 last month from 51.3 in January, while analysts had expected that the index will climb less, to 52.0 in February. Values above the key level of 50.0 are indicative of expansion in activity.

Elsewhere, the Aussie was steady against the euro, with EUR/AUD cross up 0.07% for the day to trade at 1.5383 at 7:54 GMT. AUD/NZD was also little changed, gaining a mere 0.02% on a daily basis to trade at 1.0679 at 7:57 GMT.

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