Markets Overview

  • ASX SPI 200 futures up 0.3% to 7,044.00
  • Dow Average down 1.2% to 33,640.15
  • Aussie up 0.5% to 0.7262 per US$
  • U.S. 10-year yield fell 12.1bps to 1.8422%
  • Australia 3-year bond yield fell 13bps to 1.54%
  • Australia 10-year bond yield fell 10bps to 2.14%
  • Gold spot up 0.8% to $1,904.78
  • Brent futures up 3.1% to $100.99/bbl

Economic Events

  • 9am: (AU) Feb. Markit Australia PMI Mfg, prior 57.6
  • 9:30am: (AU) Feb. ANZ Roy Morgan Weekly Consumer, prior 101.8
  • 10am: (AU) Feb. CoreLogic House Px MoM, prior 0.8%
  • 11:30am: (AU) 4Q Net Exports of GDP, est. -1.0, prior 1.0
  • 11:30am: (AU) Jan. Home Loans Value MoM, est. 0.2%, prior 4.4%
  • 11:30am: (AU) Jan. Investor Loan Value MoM, prior 2.4%
  • 11:30am: (AU) Jan. Owner-Occupier Loan Value MoM, est. 3.8%, prior 5.3%
  • 11:30am: (AU) 4Q BoP Current Account Balance, est. A$15.3b, prior A$23.9b
  • 2:30pm: (AU) March RBA Cash Rate Target, est. 0.10%, prior 0.10%
  • 4:30pm: (AU) Feb. Commodity Index AUD, prior 144.0
  • 4:30pm: (AU) Feb. Commodity Index SDR YoY, prior 25.3%

Other News

As Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky seals his political legacy, his legend grows in the US and UK.

British actor Hugh Bonneville, one of the stars of the hit “Paddington” movie franchise, revealed on Sunday that Zelensky, in fact, had voiced the beloved animated bear for the Ukrainian film audience.

“Until today I had no idea who provided the voice of @paddingtonbear in Ukraine. Speaking for myself, thank you, President Zelenskiy. [sic] #PaddingtonBear,” wrote Bonneville, whose message on Twitter attracted more than 37,000 likes.

Along with his tribute Bonneville, 58, shared a Ukrainian language promotional trailer for “Paddington 2” featuring then-actor and comedian Zelensky.

“Hello to my darling friends. I, Volodymyr Zelensky, will lend my voice to the wonderful, charismatic, friendly bear Paddington,” the 44-year-old politician can be heard telling viewers in the two-minute trailer, according to a report by Variety.

It’s been previously revealed that the wartime leader was once the star of Ukrainian televisions series “Servant of the People,” in which an unsuspecting teacher is thrust into the seat of Ukraine’s presidency — a role that inspired Zelensky to run for office in real life.

The former comedian and actor won Ukraine’s presidential election in 2019.