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Forex - Aussie weaker despite strong housing data, NAB survey

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Shutterstock photo - - The Australian dollar eased on Tuesday despite relatively strong economic data on housing and business sentiment.

The data followed a slightly weaker than expected gain in Japan's capital goods price index. USD/JPY traded at 102.28, up 0.09%, and AUD/USD was flat at 0.9262, down 0.01%, after the house data and bank business survey.

Japan's capital good price index rose 4.3% year-on-year in July, below the expected gain of 4.4%, but still the 16th straight increase.

In Australia, the NAB's July business confidence showed plus 11, a jump from plus 8 in June, while business conditions surged to plus 8 from plus 2 in June.

The house price index rose 1.8%, compared to an expected 1.1% gain quarter-on-quarter.

Overnight, the dollar traded higher against most major currencies after military tensions in Ukraine, Gaza and Iraq subsided, allaying concerns that geopolitical events could threaten U.S. recovery.

Reports that Russia has ended the military exercises it was conducting near the Ukraine border gave the dollar room to rise on Monday in a session void of major market-moving indicators.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Moscow is working with the International Red Cross to send humanitarian aid to Ukraine, which also gave the greenback support.

Meanwhile in the Middle East, a 72-hour ceasefire between Israel and Hamas in Gaza took effect on Sunday, which gave the dollar further room to rise by allaying concerns that geopolitical tensions will dampen global growth and possibly prompt the Federal Reserve to spend more time analyzing the economy before raising interest rates.

A U.S. decision to launch airstrikes in Iraq to halt a Sunni insurgency also gave the greenback support, as fears that the country was on the edge of chaos ebbed on Monday as well.

Separately, the euro came under pressure due to ongoing expectations that monetary policy will tighten in the U.S., U.K. at a time while the European Central Bank may decide to loosen policy further to steer the euro area away from deflationary decline.

The US Dollar Index, which tracks the performance of the greenback versus a basket of six other major currencies, was up 0.09% at 81.59. offers an extensive set of professional tools for the financial markets.

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