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China GDP Preview: Lower Growth Rate to Rattle AUD/USD Recovery

China GDP Preview: Lower Growth Rate to Rattle AUD/USD Recovery

David Song,
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Trading the News: China Gross Domestic Product (GDP)

Updates to China’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) report may rattle the recent advance in AUD/USD as Australia’s largest trading partner is anticipated to grow 6.1% versus 6.2% in the second quarter of 2019.

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The trade war with the United States may produce another downtick in the GDP print as China faces higher tariffs, and the weakening outlook for the Asia/Pacific region may produce headwinds for the Australian Dollar as it puts pressure on the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) to further embark on its rate easing cycle.

In turn, a print of 6.1% or lower may undermine the recent advance in AUD/USD as the RBA retains its pledge to “to ease monetary policy further if needed.”

However, efforts by Chinese officials may help to generate a better-than-expected GDP figure as “authorities have taken further steps to support the economy.”

As a result, a positive development coming out of Australia’s largest trading partner may fuel a larger correction in AUD/USD as it curbs speculation for another RBA rate cut.

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Impact that China GDP report had on AUD/USD during the previous release

PeriodData ReleasedEstimateActualPips ChangePips Change



07/15/2019 02:00:00 GMT6.2%6.2%+11+20

2Q 2019China Gross Domestic Product (GDP)

AUD/USD 30-Minute Chart

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China’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) report showed the economy growing 6.2% per annum in the second quarter of 2019 after expanding 6.4% during the first three-months of the year. Nevertheless, on a quarter-over-quarter basis, the growth rate increased 1.6% versus 1.4% for the previous period despite the ongoing trade war with the United States.

The Australian dollar inched higher following China’s GDP report, with AUD/USD holding around the session-high (0.7040) to close the day at 0.7039. Learn more with the DailyFX Advanced Guide for Trading the News.

AUD/USD Rate Daily Chart

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Source: Trading View

  • Keep in mind, the AUD/USD rebound following the currency market flash-crash has been capped by the 200-Day SMA (0.6969), with the exchange rate marking another failed attempt to break/close above the moving average in July.
  • Moreover, AUD/USD has taken out the September-low (0.6688) as it continues to track the downward trend carried over from late last year.
  • However, AUD/USD trades to a fresh monthly-high (0.6833) following the failed attempt to close below the 0.6690 (50% expansion) region, with the break/close above the 0.6800 (61.8% expansion) handle bringing the 0.6850 (78.6% expansion) area on the radar.

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--- Written by David Song, Currency Strategist

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