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Robert Rennie, Research Analyst at Westpac, points out that last week they stuck to a near term positive bias on AUD on the basis of an expected a lull in trade tensions; a reasonable pop higher in iron ore; a better than expected employment update and   that AUD was trading well on crosses e.g. EUR/AUD.

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“We tend to see that story continuing near term, though the run of seven weaker than expected CPI outcomes certainly adds to the case for rates being on hold for a very, very long time.”

“However, with the Fed set to raise a total of 4 times by mid next year according to Westpac economics; no change from the RBA and iron ore export volumes set to rise into 2019, the case for a weaker AUD at least on forecast remains clear.”