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By and large it was a good week for the commodity-oriented currencies but the Aussie was unable to squeeze maximum advantage from investors sentiment: although it strengthened by a cent and a half against sterling it was only able to hold steady against the US dollar. It went down by a cent against the NZ dollar, coming close to the long-term low it scored earlier this month.
The minutes of the Reserve Bank of Australia's monetary policy meeting, published on Tuesday, did not do any obvious damage at the time but seem to have weighed on the currency. They confirmed that "further easing [lower interest rates] over the period ahead may be appropriate".
It was probably that knowledge that made the Aussie unable to make the most of the US Federal Reserve's announcement on Wednesday when it told investors not hold their breath in anticipation of higher US rates.