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Australian private building approvals, ANZ jobs engouraging

Australian building approvals fell to -2.4% on a monthly basis vs. +2.8% estimates and -4.4% prior. Private approvals came positive at +3.3% though, which according to David Scutt, Treasury Dealer at Arab Bank Australia, quoted on his twitter account, "this is what the RBA wants to see..." The yearly reading stood at +9.9% vs. +8.1% expected.

Australian inventories for the fourth quarter of 2012 came at +0.2% vs +0.6% expected. The company operating profits in Q4 was in line with expectations at -1.0%. ANZ job advertisement climbed to 3.0% in Jan vs upward revised 0.6% in Dec reading.

"ANZ job ads, as a leading indicator, have now risen for two months in a row. Another good sign for future labour market strength" David Scutt added.

Forex: AUD/USD holding above 1.0180 on mixed domestic data

Mixed data results coming out of Australia, just released, have brought AUD/USD pair down to print fresh almost 5-month lows at 1.0178 on worse than expected Aus building permits, showing a month to month decline of -2.4% though still year on year higher than previous. On the other hand ANZ job advertisements increased the most in 12 months at a 3% rate month to month, all of which is leaving AUD/USD pretty much unchanged at the moment at 1.0185, down -0.14% for the day so far.
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