AUD: Home Loans: -1.9%, negative as compared to the consensus (-1.8%) as well as the previous 1.4%.
AUD: House Price Index: Quarter over quarter change of 3.4% was positive as compared to the consensus (3.0%) as well as the previous 2.4%. The year over year data came out as 9.3% against the previous 8.0%.
AUD: Westpac Consumer Confidence: -3.0% against the previous -1.7%. The consumer confidence index came out as 100.2 against the previous 103.2.
The economic releases from China
came out positive for the trade balance which grew to USD 31.68 billion from USD 25.60 billion. The YoY CPI was 2.5% and though same as the previous release but was better than the expected 2.3%. The producer price index (-1.6%) was less than the previous -1.4% but was better than the expected -1.7%. Positive data from China helps the strength of the Aussie dollar.
AUD: Consumer inflation expectation remained same as the previous 2.3%.
Employment: The change in the employment with seasonal adjustment was -3,700 and though it was quite less than the expected 15,000 but was better than the previous -23,000. However the unemployment rate rose to 6.0% from the previous 5.8%
. The data had further bearish shadows as it showed a rise in the part-time employment and a drop in the full-time employment.
JPY: Consumer Confidence: 40.5 against the previous 41.3.
JPY: Eco Watchers Survey: Current situation 54.7 and negative as compared to the consensus (55.5) as well as the previous 55.7. The results of the survey for outlook came out with 49.0 against the previous 54.7.
JPY: Machinery Orders: December data came out as disappointing with year over year change of 6.7% against the previous 16.6%. The month over month change was -15.7% and negative as compared to the consensus (-3.7%) as well as the previous 9.3%.
JPY: Tertiary Industry Index (MoM): -0.4% and negative as compared to the consensus (-0.2%) as well as the previous 0.8%.
JPY: Machine Tool Orders (YoY - preliminary): 39.6% against the previous 28.1%.