Guardian Stockbrokers Key Economic News Wednesday 9 October 2019

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German industrial production rose as expected in August

In Germany, the seasonally adjusted industrial production climbed 0.30% on a MoM basis in August, at par with market expectations. Industrial production had dropped by a revised 0.40% in the previous month.

Powell: Fed to start expanding its balance sheet

The US Federal Reserve (Fed) Chairman, Jerome Powell, stated that the central bank would again begin expanding its portfolio of government-backed securities and continued to leave the door open to another interest rate cut this month. He further stated that the US economic expansion can be sustained.

US small business optimism index surprisingly dropped in September

In the US, the small business optimism index recorded an unexpected drop to a level of 101.80 in September, compared to market expectations of a rise to a level of 104.10. In the prior month, the small business optimism index had recorded a reading of 103.10.

Canadian building permits advanced more than expected in August

In Canada, building permits recorded a rise of 6.10% on a MoM basis in August, higher than market expectations for an advance of 2.30%. In the prior month, building permits had risen by a revised 3.20%.

Australian consumer confidence index slid in October

In Australia, the consumer confidence index registered a drop of 5.50%, on a MoM basis in October, compared to a level of 98.20 in the prior month.

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