Article Highlights

  • Australia Westpac consumer sentiment up by 0.2% in June
  • Nikkei chalks up 0.24% gain for the day
  • U.K. economy to show 25K drop in unemployment?
  • U.K. jobless rate likely to improve from 6.8% to 6.7%
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Surf’s up for the Aussie! The Australian dollar drew support from a 0.2% uptick in Australia’s Westpac consumer sentiment index for June, following the previous month’s 6.8% decline. AUD/USD surged to a high of .9388 while AUD/JPY is attempting to break above the 96.00 major psychological barrier.

Risk sentiment appeared to improve in the past few Asian trading hours, with the Nikkei chalking up a 0.24% gain for the day. NZD/USD made strong gains past the .8550 mark while GBP/USD held steady above the 1.6750 minor psychological level. However, the increased appetite for risk failed to carry over to euro pairs, with EUR/USD sinking to a low of 1.3519 and EUR/JPY dipping to 138.27.

The U.K. economy is set to print its jobs report for the month of May, with the claimant count change to show a 25.0K drop in unemployment and the jobless rate likely to improve from 6.8% to 6.7%. No other reports are due from the other major economies in the upcoming London session so all eyes could be on the pound pairs in the next few hours!

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