(Time/ Region/ Event/ Period/ Previous/ Forecast/ Actual)
00:00 Japan Bank holiday
01:30 Australia Trade Balance March -1.61 Revised From -1.26 -1.0 -1.32
04:30 Australia Announcement of the RBA decision on the discount rate 2.25% 2% 2.0%
04:30 Australia RBA Rate Statement
The Australian dollar tumbled from 0.7850 to as low as 0.7795 against the greenback after the Reserve Bank of Australia cut its policy rate to 2.00% from 2.25% as many market participants had anticipated, and then quickly rebounded to as high as 0.7905.
Pair undermined by uncertainty over outcome of Thursday's U.K. general election; positive USD sentiment (ICE spot dollar index last 95.42 versus 95.25 early Monday); continued impact from Friday's weak U.K. April manufacturing PMI data. Data focus Tuesday on 0830 GMT U.K. April CIPS / Markit construction PMI (forecast 57.5 versus March's 57.8).
EUR / USD: during the Asian session, the pair was trading around $ 1.1140
GBP / USD: during the Asian session, the pair was trading around $ 1.5115
USD / JPY: during the Asian session, the pair was trading around Y120.15