Friday 16th April 2021
The news was largely positive overnight. Retail sales in the US were better than expected, initial jobless claims were down, the Philly Fed and Empire Manufacturing Surveys were strong – yet bond yields fell sharply in the US, spreading across much of Europe. It’s not the response you’d expect. NAB’s Ray Attrill says bond analysts had been expecting a period of consolidation, but perhaps not quite so much in one day, particularly surrounded by such positive economic data. The Aussie dollar has been one beneficiary of the positive sentiment surrounding that data, and there could be more to come if the numbers out of China are strong, including Q1 GDP, March Industrial Production, Retail Sales and Fixed Asset Investment, all out later on today.