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CurrencyShares Australian Dollar Trust ETF (FXA)

  • Sep. 15, 2013, 8:37 PM
  • Sep. 11, 2013, 11:01 PM
    • Australia August unemployment: 5.8% versus 5.7% in July.
    • The unemployment rate now sits at its highest level since 2009, while the participation rate — at 65% — is at its lowest level in more than six years, according to the Australian.
    • The aussie slides 0.7% on the news to 0.9265, on speculation the data will give the RBA an excuse to cut rates further.
    • ASX +0.3%
    • ETFs - Stocks: EWA, EWAS, KROO, AUSE, FAUS Bonds: AUD, AUNZ Currency: FXA, GDAY, CROC
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  • Sep. 8, 2013, 10:14 PM
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  • Sep. 7, 2013, 6:55 PM
    • "The sectors that benefit the most would be the materials, particularly mining stocks," one economist said Thursday, regarding the prospect of a Tony Abbott victory in Australia.
    • Abbott did indeed emerge victorious and will become the country's 27th prime minister after being sworn in next week.
    • Of particular note is Abbott's promise to repeal a mining tax, a move expected to benefit Rio Tinto (RIO) and BHP Billiton (BHP). Also on watch: Newcrest Mining (NCMGF.PK)
    • ETFs - Stocks: EWA, EWAS, KROO, AUSE, FAUS Bonds: AUD, AUNZ Currency: FXA, GDAY, CROC
  • Sep. 3, 2013, 10:33 PM
    • Australia Q2 GDP: +0.6% in the April-June quarter, +2.6% Y/Y, versus expectations of +0.6% and +2.5% respectively.
    • "The industries that drove growth in the June quarter were Finance, Mining, and Construction," Australia's Bureau of Statistics says.
    • ASX -0.7%, aussie +0.4% to 0.9094
    • ETFs - Stocks: EWA, EWAS, KROO, AUSE, FAUS Bonds: AUD, AUNZ Currency: FXA, GDAY, CROC
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  • Sep. 3, 2013, 1:53 PM
    • CurrencyShares Australian Dollar Trust (FXA) announces monthly distribution of $0.1332.
    • For shareholders of record Sep 05; Payable Sep 10; Ex-div date Sep 03.
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  • Sep. 3, 2013, 2:03 AM
    • As expected, the Reserve Bank of Australia has left its cash rate unchanged at 2.5%.
    • The RBA reiterated that it expects the economy to continue running at a "bit below trend" in the near term as it "adjusts to lower levels of mining investment."
    • The bank noted that inflation has been consistent with the medium-term target, a trend that is expected to continue in the next 1-2 years despite the recent depreciation of the Aussie dollar, "which remains at a high level" and could still depreciate further. That would foster a re-balancing of the economy.
    • In a change from previous statements, the RBA did not say that inflation could provide some scope for further easing if necessary. Instead, the bank said it will  "adjust policy as needed." (PR)
    • AUD-USD +0.6% to $0.9032
    • ETFs - Stocks: EWA, EWAS, KROO, AUSE, FAUS. Bonds: AUD, AUNZ. Currency: FXA, GDAY, CROC.
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  • Aug. 28, 2013, 7:38 AM
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  • Aug. 27, 2013, 3:41 PM
    • The leverage between broadcasters (CMCSA, DIS, FXA, CBS, AMCX, VIAB) and the cable/satellite industry (TWC, CVC, CMCSA, CHTR, DTV, DISH) is so lopsided that BTIG says it feels as if the bazooka-carrying armored broadcasters are battling a cable/satellite group only carrying paper swords. A scenario that detriments U.S. consumers.
    • One solution proposed by BTIG is to allow retransmission fees to be negotiated in each market by the entire group via a little Congressional intervention. Not a perfect solution if major broadcasters decide to turn into cable networks, but potentially a workable one.
    • What to watch: It's only 9 days before NFL football starts and CBS vs. TWC goes to Defcon 1.
  • Aug. 27, 2013, 7:49 AM
  • Aug. 26, 2013, 4:21 AM
    • Forex reserves have been falling at Asian banks as they have attempted - not so successfully - to bolster their weakening currencies, which have been suffering partly from the Fed's talk of tapering. Six out of the 10 banks with the largest holdings have cut their reserves this year.
    • The Bank of Indonesia's holdings have plunged a record 18% in 2013, while the rupiah has dropped 12%. The Reserve Bank of India's holdings have fallen 4% as the rupee has dropped 12%.
    • The trends threaten currencies that central banks bought as they looked to diversify their reserves beyond the U.S. dollar in past years, including the euro, the Swedish krona, the Norwegian krone, the South Korean won, and the Australian and Canadian dollars.
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  • Aug. 15, 2013, 4:38 PM
    • Rising rates, the decline in stocks, and escalating violence in Egypt provided no bid for the greenback which fell across the board today.
    • The dollar (UUP -0.7%) lost more than 1% against the Swiss franc (FXF +1%) and nearly 1% vs. the yen (FXY +0.8%) and cable (FXB +0.9%). The euro (FXE +0.7%) gained nearly three quarters of one percent.
    • Typically the first to sell off when markets get a bit panicky, even the loonie (FXC +0.2%) and the aussie (FXA) picked up ground against the U.S. unit.
    • A reason? Maybe the commodity sector (DBC +1%) - it was notably strong with metals, energy, and the grains all higher.
    • Related dollar ETFs: UUPT, UDN, UDNT.
  • Aug. 6, 2013, 2:23 AM
    • The Reserve Bank of Australia has reduced its key interest rate by a quarter of a percentage point to a record low of 2.5%. This is the eighth cut since the RBA started an easing cycle in November 2011.
    • RBA Governor Glenn Stevens explained that "the economy has been growing a bit below trend over the past year," which is expected to continue in the short term due to falling mining investment.
    • Stevens also cited the strength of the Australian dollar. Although the currency "has depreciated by around 15% since early remains at a high level. A further decline "would help to foster a rebalancing of growth in the economy."
    • In a slight change of language Stevens said that the "RBA has previously noted that the inflation outlook could provide some scope to ease policy further, should that be required to support demand." Interpret it how you like as to whether that means the RBA is or isn't open to more cuts.
    • The Aussie (FXA) is +0.6% at $0.8984, as the bank's move was widely expected. (PR)
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  • Aug. 4, 2013, 4:29 AM
    • Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has called a general election for September 7, saying the poll will be about who can best lead the country "through the difficult new economic challenges which now lie ahead."
    • Rudd's Labor Party has reduced the lead of the right-of-center Liberal Party since Rudd deposed Julia Gillard as PM six weeks ago in an internal Labor coup.
    • The Liberals, led by Tony Abbott, have vowed to scrap mining and carbon taxes if they win the ballot, policies that would affect the likes of BHP (BHP), Rio Tinto (RIO), Peabody Energy (BTU), Vale (VALE), and Glencore (GLCNF.PK).
    • Relevant country ETFs include: Stocks - EWA, EWAS, KROO, AUSE, FAUS. Bonds - AUD, AUNZ; Forex - FXA, GDAY, CROC
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  • Aug. 1, 2013, 2:59 PM
    • CurrencyShares Australian Dollar Trust (FXA) announces monthly distribution of $0.1501.
    • For shareholders of record Aug. 05.
    • Payable Aug. 08.
    • Ex-div date Aug. 01. 
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  • Jul. 30, 2013, 12:14 AM
    • The aussie (FXA) falls 1.4% against the dollar to 0.9074 on comments by RBA Governor Glenn Stevens.
    • Recent inflation data provide some scope for further rate cuts, Stevens says.
    • "The recent decline in the exchange rate seems to make sense from a macroeconomic perspective," he notes, adding that "it would not be a major surprise if a further decline occurred over time.” By "over time" Stevens apparently meant over the next half hour or so.
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FXA Description
CurrencyShares Australian Dollar Trust is designed to track the price of the Australian Dollar net of Trust expenses, which are expected to be paid from interest earned on the deposited Australian Dollars.
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Country: Australia
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