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Australia’s central bank hikes rates by 25 basis points, defies expectations

Lamp posts in entrance of the Reserve Financial institution of Australia (RBA) constructing in Sydney, Australia, on Monday, Feb. 6, 2023.

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The Reserve Financial institution of Australia on Tuesday once more defied market expectations and raised its benchmark price by 25 foundation factors to 4.1%.

Economists polled by Reuters have been extensively anticipating the central financial institution to carry its charges regular.

The Australian greenback rose by 0.73% to 0.6667 towards the U.S. greenback shortly after the choice because the central financial institution grapples with the newest inflation price of seven% for March quarter. Australian shares fell additional, and the S&P/ASX 200 final traded 1.14% decrease.

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