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  • AUD/USD is showing resilience to dismal Aussie data release.  
  • Construction work done fell for the fifth straight quarter in the third quarter.  
  • The decline, however, was less severe than expected by markets.  

AUD/USD is currently trading largely unchanged on the day at 0.6788, having hit a low of 0.6782 a few minutes before press time.  

The Australian currency is showing resilience to dismal Aussie data. The Construction Work Done (Q3) came in at -0.4% – the fifth straight quarterly decline. The data feeds into the gross domestic product, which will be released next week.  

The actual figure, however, was better than the expected 1% decline. The metric had dropped by 3.8% in the second quarter.  

The above-forecast reading may power AUD higher to 0.68. Further gains may remain elusive if the equities report losses. Currently, the futures on the S&P 500 are trading flat-to-negative, despite the trade optimism.  

President Trump on Tuesday said the United States and China were close to agreeing on the first phase of a trade deal. Washington is in the “final throes” of work on a deal, Trump said, adding further that US’ support for Hong Kong protests is a sore point for China.  

The positive comments are encouraging, but investors will likely take them with a pinch of salt. After all, both the US and China have repeatedly backtracked from positive comments in the past.  

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