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With ‘trade wars’ set to run quiet for a few weeks; a reasonable pop higher in iron ore; a better than expected employment update and AUD appearing to trade well on crosses e.g. EUR/AUD we would not be surprised to see a modest improvement in the A$ ‘tone’ next week, according to Robert Rennie, Head of FM Strategy at Westpac.

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“However, CPI will dominate price action in domestic markets, and thus likely leave us in well rehearsed ranges into Wednesday. Justin’s CPI preview clearly highlights the 6 quarter bias that economists have shown, consistently forecasting higher CPI outcomes. Whether 6 becomes 7 will be critical for next week’s price action.”

“Beyond that though we stick to the view that a higher US$ on the back of strong Q2 data and rising trade war tension as we move into Aug/ Sep will likely see the A$ lower.”