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The Manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index has been released arriving at 51.2 vs a consensus of 49.8 and prior 49.8.

The data had no effect on the Aussie which is otherwise consolidation the overnight flows which sent AUD/USD to test the 0.69 level from 100 pips lower at the start of the day. 

AUD/USD Forecast: Holding in range, bulls still surging on dips

For the day ahead, should the Caixin Manufacturing PMI’s beat to the 50.5 forecast, versus 50.7 prior, bulls could take the pair even higher in a risk-on theme.

Description of the Manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index

The Manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) released by both the Commonwealth Bank of Australia and the Markit Economics captures business conditions in the manufacturing sector. As the manufacturing sector dominates a large part of total GDP, the Manufacturing PMI is an important indicator of business conditions and the overall economic condition in Australia. A result above 50 signals is bullish for the AUD, whereas a result below 50 is seen as bearish.