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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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May 26 14:30 UTC Released

USECRI Weekly Annualized*

Actual

5.1 %

Forecast

Previous

5.0 %

May 26 14:30 UTC Released

USECRI Weekly Index*

Actual

144.1 %

Forecast

Previous

144.5 %

May 28 15:00 UTC 26562656m

SAM3 Money Supply YY*

Actual

Forecast

Previous

0.0 %

May 28 15:00 UTC 26562656m

SAPvt Sector Loans YY*

Actual

Forecast

Previous

-0.1 %

May 29 08:00 UTC 36763676m

EZLoans to Households*

Actual

Forecast

Previous

2.4 %

May 29 08:00 UTC 36763676m

EZLoans to Non-Fin

Actual

Forecast

Previous

2.3 %

May 29 08:00 UTC 36763676m

EZMoney-M3 Annual Grwth*

Actual

Forecast

5.2 %

Previous

5.3 %

May 29 23:30 UTC 46064606m

JPAll Household Spending MM*

Actual

Forecast

1.1 %

Previous

-2 %

May 29 23:30 UTC 46064606m

JPAll Household Spding YY*

Actual

Forecast

-0.7 %

Previous

-1.3 %

May 29 23:30 UTC 46064606m

JPJobs/Applicants Ratio

Actual

Forecast

1.46 %

Previous

1.45 %

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