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Australian bonds rally on short-covering amid silent trading session

The Australian bonds rallied on the last trading day of the week as investors covered previous short positions amid a silent trading session that witnessed data of least economic significance.

The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note, which moves inversely to its price, slipped 1 basis point to 2.48 percent, the yield on 15-year note also plunged almost 3-1/2 basis points to 2.90 percent and the yield on short-term 4-year traded 1/2 basis point lower at 1.99 percent by 05:00 GMT.

Australia’s employment rose 37.4k in April, following the 60k gain in March. Within the headline figure, the mix of full-time/part-time jobs was a little less favourable, with full-time jobs declining by 11.6k. This drop has to be viewed against the 75k jump in full-time jobs in March, however.

In contrast, the unemployment rate dropped back to 5.7 percent in April, after it rose to 5.9 percent in February and remained at that level despite the strong employment gain in March. At 5.7 percent, the unemployment rate is still above its recent cyclical low of 5.6 percent reached in October and well above the 4.9 percent level reached in mid-2011.  It is, however, down from the cyclical high of 6.3 percent last seen in July 2015, though underemployment remains high.

Meanwhile, the ASX 200 index traded 0.06 percent up at 5,731.50 by 04:50GMT, while at 04:00GMT, the FxWirePro's Hourly AUD Strength Index remained neutral at 9.86 (a reading above +75 indicates a bullish trend, while that below -75 a bearish trend). For more details, visit http://www.fxwirepro.com/currencyindex

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July 25 19:00 UTC Released

AREconomic Activity YY*

Actual

3.3 %

Forecast

3.1 %

Previous

0.6 %

July 25 14:00 UTC Released

USConsumer Confidence

Actual

121.1 %

Forecast

116.5 %

Previous

118.9 %

July 26 00:00 UTC 191191m

BRSelic Interest Rate*

Actual

Forecast

Previous

10.25 %

July 26 00:00 UTC 191191m

BRSelic Interest Rate*

Actual

Forecast

9.25 %

Previous

10.25 %

July 26 01:30 UTC 281281m

AUCaseShiller 20 MM NSA

Actual

Forecast

0.4 %

Previous

0.5 %

July 26 01:30 UTC 281281m

AUCaseShiller 20 YY

Actual

Forecast

2.2 %

Previous

2.1 %

July 26 01:30 UTC 281281m

AUConsumer Confidence

Actual

Forecast

0.5 %

Previous

0.4 %

July 26 01:30 UTC 281281m

AURich Fed Comp. Index*

Actual

Forecast

1.7 %

Previous

1.7 %

July 26 01:30 UTC 281281m

AURich Fed, Services Index*

Actual

Forecast

0.5 %

Previous

0.5 %

July 26 01:30 UTC 281281m

AURich Fed Mfg Shipments*

Actual

Forecast

1.8 %

Previous

1.9 %

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