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Chinese industrial output rose only 6% instead of 6.8% expected. Retail sales rose 10.5%  instead of 10.6%% predicted and  investment only 11.2% instead of 11.5%.

This is not good news for the Aussie, that was already pressured by the Chinese devaluation move, that continues for a second day.

China was expected to report a y/y gain of 6.7% in industrial output, a rise of 11.5% in Fixed Asset Investment and 10.6% in retail sales.

AUD/USD traded just  above 0.7250 towards the publication.

The Chinese yuan was devalued by more than 1% for a second day in a row, and the total fall in the value of the currency is the largest in 21 years. The PBOC wants a weaker currency and in addition, wants a more free-floating currency, on its way to have a reserve currency.

This sent AUD/USD to a new 6 year low of 0.7214 but it bounced back to just above the previous lows of around 0.7250.

The first devaluation on August 11th was  described by the authorities as a “one off” and the second move as “market determined”.

China is Australia’s No. 1 trade partner and the move from Beijing  is currently interpreted as a “panic move” reflecting the weakness of the world’s No. 2 economy. However, a weaker currency means stronger Chinese growth which in turn is good for Australia.

More:  PBoC CNY Move: Implications For AUD – NAB

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