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AUD/USD Bull-Flag Breakout in the Works

AUD/USD Bull-Flag Breakout in the Works

2017-08-16 17:10:00
Michael Boutros, Strategist
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AUD/USD Daily Chart

AUD/USD Daily Timeframe

Technical Outlook: AUDUSD rebounded off confluence support today at the lower parallel of this formation extending off the May & June lows. Note that this level also converges on the 50-line of the broader 2016 pitchfork formation.

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AUD/USD 240min Chart

AUD/USD 240min Timeframe

Notes: A closer look at price action highlights a near-term bullish flag pattern off the highs with prices now testing channel resistance / the weekly open at 7889. Look for interim support at 7835 with our focus higher in the pair while within this ascending formation. A breach higher from here targets the 50% retracement of the August decline at 7937 backed closely by the 61.8% retracement at 7967.

A close below this formation would invalidate the long-bias with such a scenario targeting 7778 and the 2016 high-day close at 7735. Added caution is warranted heading into the release of the FOMC minutes today and Australia employment figures later tonight with the events likely to fuel increased volatility in their respective crosses. Keep in mind that markets are already expecting a strong read on employment, leaving the immediate risk to the downside on a weaker print. That said, from a trading standpoint I’ll favor fading weakness while above the lower parallel targeting a break of the weekly highs.

AUD/USD Bull-Flag Breakout in the WorksAUD/USD Bull-Flag Breakout in the WorksAUD/USD IG Cient Sentiment
  • A summary of IG Client Sentimentshows traders are net-short AUD/USD- the ratio stands at -1.98 (33.6% of traders are long) –bullishreading
  • Retail has been net-short since June 4th- Price has moved 5.7% higher since then
  • Long positions are 1.8% lower than yesterday but 6.1% higher from last week
  • Short positions are 4.0% higher than yesterday and 9.9% lower from last week
  • We typically take a contrarian view to crowd sentiment, and the fact traders are net-short suggests AUD/USD prices may continue to rise. That said, traders are more net-short than yesterday but less net-short from last week and the combination of current positioning and recent changes gives us a further mixed AUDUSD trading bias form a sentiment standpoint.

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AUD/USD Docket 8/16/2017

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- Written by Michael Boutros, Currency Strategist with DailyFX

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