Australian Dollar Talking Points
AUD/USD trades to a recent month-to-month excessive (0.7014) because it initiates a collection of greater highs and lows, and the trade price might proceed to understand forward of the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) rate of interest choice on August 2 because it holds above the 50-Day SMA (0.6968).
AUD/USD Holds Above 50-Day SMA Ahead of RBA Rate Decision
Unlike the value motion in June, the latest advance in AUD/USD seems to be unfazed by the transferring common, and the trade price might stage a bigger restoration over the approaching days because the sudden contraction in US GDP places stress on the Federal Reserve to winddown its mountaineering cycle.
Meanwhile, the RBA is predicted to ship one other 50bp price hike because the central financial institution insists that “the Australian economy remains resilient,” and it appears as if Governor Philip Lowe and Co. will implement greater rates of interest all through the rest of the yr because the “Board expects to take further steps in the process of normalising monetary conditions.”
As a outcome, the RBA might proceed to arrange Australian households and companies for greater rates of interest because the minutes from the July assembly reveal that “estimates of the nominal neutral rate were above the cash rate in the decade prior to the pandemic,” nevertheless it appears as if the board is in no rush to implement a restrictive coverage as “inflation is forecast to peak later in 2022.”
In flip, a shift within the RBA’s ahead steerage for financial coverage might drag on AUD/USD if the central financial institution delivers a dovish price hike, whereas the lean in retail sentiment seems poised to persist forward of the speed choice amid the decline in open curiosity.
The IG Client Sentiment report reveals 58.83% of merchants are at the moment net-long AUD/USD, with the ratio of merchants lengthy to brief standing at 1.43 to 1.
The quantity of merchants net-long is 1.84% greater than yesterday and three.57% decrease from final week, whereas the quantity of merchants net-short is 15.32% decrease than yesterday and a pair of.40% decrease from final week. The decline in net-long curiosity has achieved little to alleviate the crowing conduct as 55.76% of merchants had been net-long AUD/USD earlier this week, whereas the decline in net-short place comes because the trade price pushes to a recent month-to-month excessive (0.7014).
With that stated, AUD/USD might stage a bigger restoration forward of the RBA assembly because it initiates a collection of greater highs and lows, and the trade price might proceed to retrace the decline from the June excessive (0.7283) because it holds above the 50-Day SMA (0.6968).
AUD/USD Rate Daily Chart
Source: Trading View
- AUD/USD might proceed to carve a collection of greater highs and lows because the 50-Day SMA (0.6968) fails to curb the latest advance within the trade price, with a break/shut above the 0.7050 (38.2% retracement) to 0.7070 (61.8% enlargement) area bringing the Fibonacci overlap round 0.7130 (61.8% retracement) to 0.7180 (61.8% retracement) on the radar.
- Next space of curiosity is available in round 0.7260 (38.2% enlargement), with a break above the June excessive (0.7283) opening up the 0.7370 (38.2% enlargement) to 0.7420 (23.6% retracement) area.
- However, failure to interrupt/shut above the 0.7050 (38.2% retracement) to 0.7070 (61.8% enlargement) area might hold AUD/USD inside an outlined vary, with a transfer beneath 0.6940 (78.6% enlargement) bringing the 0.6820 (23.6% retracement) space again on the radar.
— Written by David Song, Currency Strategist
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