At 0635 AEST on Wednesday, the Australian dollar was worth 79.47 US cents, up from 79.40 US cents on Tuesday.
Westpac’s Imre Speizer said: “Markets reversed yesterday’s risk averse response to North Korea’s firing of a missile over Japan. US bond yields, the (US) dollar, and equities rebounded to end the day flat.
“The US dollar index is unchanged on the day, having earlier fallen to a 30-month low in response to the missile news, but rising from the London morning onwards.
“The Australian dollar rose from 79.06 to 79.83 (US cents).”
Speizer said the main risk even for the local currency on Wednesday were July dwelling approvals which the market expected would fall 5.0 per cent after lifting almost 11 in June and falling 5.4 per cent in May.
He expects to see the Australian dollar “heading towards 0.8000, as long as the US dollar remains downtrodden”.
The Aussie dollar is also higher against the yen and the euro.
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