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AUD/USD Medium Range Short Scalp Revisited- RBA to Threaten Aussie

By , Currency Strategist
19 September 2011 20:22 GMT
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News that the ECB has coordinated with the Fed, the BoE, the BoJ, and the SNB in an effort to boost dollar liquidity to European banks sent stocks higher last week as concerns about an imminent Greek default eased. However a 2-day summit of EU leaders failed to calm fears after the meeting yielded no concrete structural measures to avert the spread of contagion to neighboring periphery nations resulting in a broad based risk sell-off early in the week. As noted in last week’s AUD/USD Scalp Report, pair saw a sharp rebound off the convergence of the 200-day moving average and the 1.04 resistance level before continuing lower in North American trade with daily relative strength supporting the argument for further aussie losses. With risk sentiment now in line with our bias, the setup should continue to play out and remains weighted to the downside.

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A 30min chart sees a failed attempt to close above the 1.0370 resistance target before coming off sharply in the Asian session. Preferred short entry targets are held at the 38.2% Fibonacci extension taken from the August 1th and September 1st crests at 1.0315 with subsequent ceilings seen at 1.0370, 1.0420 and the 23.6% Fibonacci extension at 1.0485. Profit targets are held at 1.0110, at the 61.8% extension at 1.045, and 0.9960.

Key Thresholds

With a 1-hour average true range of 28.76 profit targets on said scalp should remain between 21-26 pips depending on entry. We reckon a break above the topside limit at 1.0420 negates the bias with such a scenario eyeing topside targets at 1.0485 and 1.0565.

Note the scalp will not be active until a confirmed break below the 1.0180 or a rebound off the 1.0280 resistance level. Once the scalp is active the levels will remain in play until such time when either of the topside/bottom limit targets are compromised.

Entry/Exit Targets

Timeframe

Level

Resistance 1 Target

30min

1.0280

Resistance 2 Target

30min

1.0315

Resistance 3 Target

30min

1.0370

Topside Limit

30min

1.0420

Topside Limit Break-Target

30min

1.0485

Support 1 Target

30min

1.0180

Support 2 Target

30min

1.0110

Bottom Limit

30min

1.0045

Bottom Limit Break-Target

30min

Parity

Reference Values

Indicator

Timeframe

Level

50-SMA

Daily

1.0576

100-SMA

Daily

1.0611

200-SMA

Daily

1.0392

RSI

Daily

37.11

Average True Range (14)

1hour

28.76

Related Economic Data Releases

Event risk at this point rests primarily with the Aussie with the RBA policy meeting minutes on tap overnight. Investors will be lending a keen ear to remarks from central bank Governor Glenn Stevens for an assessment of conditions in the continent-nation. Expectations for an RBA rate cut continue to climb with Credit Suisse overnight swaps now factoring in nearly 150 basis points in interest rate cuts, with a 94% chance of at least a 25basis point cut at the next policy meeting. If Steven’s comments are more hawkish than anticipated, the aussie could see a rebound and upset our downside bias on the trade. Tomorrow US investors get another update on the ailed housing market with housing starts and building permits on tap. Consensus estimates call for housing starts to decline by 2.3% m/m in August, down from a previous print of -1.5% m/m. Building permits are also called lower at -1.8% m/m, albeit an improvement on the previous print of -3.2% m/m in July.

The single greatest risk to our bias remains substantial shifts in market sentiment. As growth and debt concerns continue to mount the aussie is likely to suffer the brunt of the losses as investors jettison higher-yielding growth-back currencies for the relative “safety” of the yen and the dollar.

Upcoming Events

Country

Date

GMT

Importance

Release

Expected

Prior

AUD

9/20

1:30

HIGH

Reserve Bank of Australia Meeting Minutes

-

-

US

9/20

12:30

MEDIUM

Housing Starts (AUG)

590K

604K

US

9/20

12:30

LOW

Housing Starts (MoM) (AUG)

-2.3%

-1.5%

US

9/20

12:30

MEDIUM

Building Permits (AUG)

590K

597K

US

9/20

12:30

LOW

Building Permits (MoM) (AUG)

-1.8%

-3.2%

Written by Michael Boutros, Currency Analyst for DailyFX.com

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19 September 2011 20:22 GMT