Dollar slips back
At 0700 AEDT on Thursday, the local currency was trading at 82.90 US cents, down from 83.20 cents on Wednesday.
“Oil was the big story of the night, down again large,” National Australia Bank senior economist, David de Garis, said.
“Brent crude was down… to $US63.40 as OPEC cut its demand forecast to a 12 year low.”
Rising weekly crude inventories figures from the US also weighed on sentiment, de Garis said, along with comments from the Saudi oil minister who was quoted as saying `why should I cut production?’.
Locally, all eyes on Thursday will be on the release of jobs figures for November, although recent volatility in the figures have made them less reliable.
“Today’s employment data, as best as the numbers can be believed, will help dictate direction,” de Garis said.
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