Despite the warm glow of a new round of QE from Europe, the price of Australia’s most important commodity continues to sink. It fell a massive 4.3% yesterday to $63.54 a tonne.
That’s because the outlook for China’s property construction sector is poor. The demand for iron ore is just not there. In a signs of things to come, Shanghai just abandoned its official economic growth target for 2015, suggesting China will no longer rely on the ‘growth at any cost’ method that was so bullish for iron ore in years past.
The poor outlook for iron ore has the market punting on the Reserve Bank of Australia cutting interest rates in Australia next week. After all, Canada put in a surprise rate cut last week due to the precipitous fall in the price of its major earner, oil. Apparently, that means Australia will surely do the same.
As I wrote last week though, I’m not so sure you’ll see an interest rate cut next week. Just because the market is desperate for one and thinks Glenn Stevens should join in the currency wars, doesn’t mean we’ll get one.
Up until now, all the language coming from Stevens suggests interest rates are on hold. He may change that wording next week, but to reduce rates ahead of a change in language would be an unusual move for Stevens.
Let’s wait and see…
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