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AUD/USD Range Resistance at Risk on Upbeat Australia Employment

AUD/USD Range Resistance at Risk on Upbeat Australia Employment

David Song, Shuyang Ren,

- Australia Employment Expected to Increase for Second-Consecutive Month.

- Jobless Rate to Hold Steady at Annualized 6.3% for Second-Month.

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Trading the News: Australia Employment Change

Another 15.0K advance in Australia Employment may encourage a more meaningful rebound in AUD/USD as market participants scale back bets for a rate cut at the Reserve Bank of Australia’s (RBA) May 5 interest rate decision.

What’s Expected:

AUD/USD Employment

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Why Is This Event Important:

Positive developments coming out of the $1T economy may boost the appeal of the higher-yielding currency as it limits the RBA’s scope to further reduce the cash rate, and the aussie-dollar may continue to face range-bound prices over the near-term as central bank Governor Glenn Stevens refrains from toughening the verbal intervention on the local currency.

Expectations: Bullish Argument/Scenario




NAB Business Confidence (MAR)



Retail Sales (MoM) (FEB)



Building Approvals (YoY) (FEB)



The rebound in business confidence along with the expansion in private-sector consumption may push Australian firms to ramp up their labor force, and a marked uptick in job growth may generate fresh weekly highs in AUD/USD as it dampens bets for additional monetary support.

Risk: Bearish Argument/Scenario




Trade Balance (FEB)



AiG Performance of Manufacturing Index (MAR)



Gross Domestic Product s.a. (QoQ) (4Q)



However, the weakening terms of trade paired with the ongoing contraction in business outputs may drag on hiring, and a dismal employment report may heighten the bearish sentiment surrounding the Australian dollar as the RBA keeps the door open to further embark on its easing cycle.

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How To Trade This Event Risk(Video)

Bullish AUD Trade: Australia Adds 15.0K or Greater Jobs in March

  • Need green, five-minute candle following the report for a potential long AUD/USD trade.
  • If market reaction favors a long aussie trade, buy AUD/USD with two separate position.
  • Set stop at the near-by swing low/reasonable distance from entry; look for at least 1:1 risk-to-reward.
  • Move stop to breakeven on remaining position once initial target is met, set reasonable limit.

Bearish AUD Trade: Employment Report Disappoints

  • Need red, five-minute candle to consider a short AUD/USD position.
  • Carry out the same setup as the bullish aussie trade, just in the opposite direction.

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  • Ongoing string of closes above interim support may generate a larger rebound, especially as the Relative Strength Index (RSI) retains the bullish momentum carried over from earlier this year.
  • Even though the DailyFX Speculative Sentiment Index (SSI) shows the retail FX crowd remains net-long AUD/USD, the ratio continues to narrow despite a 3.8% rise in open interest as it currently sits at +1.05.
  • Interim Resistance: 0.7720 (161.8% expansion) to 0.7740 (78.6% expansion)
  • Interim Support: 0.7570 (50% expansion) to 0.7590 (100% expansion)

Impact that Australia Employment Change has had on AUD during the last release


Data Released



Pips Change

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Pips Change

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FEB 2015

03/12/2015 00:30 GMT





February 2015Australia Employment Change


The Australian economy added 15.6K jobs in February following a revised14.6K contract the month prior. At the same time, the unemployment rate unexpectedly narrowed to 6.3% from 6.4% in January, while the participation rate slipped to 64.6% from a revised 64.7% as discouraged workers left the labor force. Despite the rebound in job growth, the narrowing labor pool may continue to point to below-trend growth as the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) retains a cautious outlook for the region. The AUD/USD showed a lackluster reaction to the mixed data print, with the pair consolidating throughout the Asia-Pacific trade to end the session at 0.7642.

--- Written by David Song, Currency Analyst and Shuyang Ren

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