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AUD/USD Susceptible to Defined Range Amid Failure to Test May Low

AUD/USD Susceptible to Defined Range Amid Failure to Test May Low

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Australian Dollar Talking Points

AUD/USD snaps the series of higher highs and lows from the start of the week as it fails to retain the bullish reaction to Australia’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) report, and the exchange rate may consolidate over the coming days as the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) warns of “further short, sharp lockdowns like we’ve seen in a number of states over the last while.”


AUD/USD Susceptible to Defined Range Amid Failure to Test May Low

AUD/USD is little changed from yesterday as RBA Deputy Governor Guy Debelle recognizes that the renewed lockdown in Victoria is “a bit longer” than previous occasions, but it seems as though the central bank will retain the current course for monetary policy as “what we’ve seen with those short, sharp lockdowns is that things came back pretty quick.”

Debelle acknowledged that the “growth number today which is marginally stronger than what we had in those numbers back in May” while speaking to Australian lawmakers in Canberra, and the comments suggests Governor Philip Lowe and Co. are in no rush to switch gears as the central bank is on track to complete “the second $100 billion of purchases under the government bond purchase program in September.”

In turn, Governor Philip Lowe and Co. may continue to endorse a wait-and-see approach at the next meeting on July 6 as “the economic recovery in Australia is stronger than earlier expected and is forecast to continue, and AUD/USD may continue to track the May range as both the RBA and Federal Reserve appear to be on a preset course.

However, the range bound price action in AUD/USD has spurred another flip in retail sentiment as 46.45% of traders were net-long the pair during the previous week, with the IG Client Sentiment report showing 52.04% of traders currently net-long the pair as the ratio of traders long to short standing at 1.08 to 1.

Image of IG Client Sentiment for AUD/USD rate

The number of traders net-long is 3.05% higher than yesterday and 9.52% higher from last week, while the number of traders net-short is 7.10% lower than yesterday and 1.49% lower from last week. The rise in net-long position comes amid the string of failed attempts to test the May low (0.7675), while the marginal decline in net-short interest could be a function of profit taking behavior as AUD/USD tags a fresh weekly high (0.7773) following the update to Australia’s GDP report.

With that said, it remains to be seen if the decline from the February high (0.8007) will turn out to be a correction in the broader trend or a change in AUD/USD behavior amid the flip in retail sentiment, but the exchange rate continue to trade within a defined range amid the string of failed attempts to test the May low (0.7675).

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AUD/USD Rate Daily Chart

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Source: Trading View

  • A head-and-shoulders formation took shape as AUD/USD traded to a fresh yearly low (0.7532) in April, but the exchange rate has largely negated the key reversal pattern following the failed attempts to close below the neckline around 0.7560 (50% expansion) to 0.7570 (78.6% retracement).
  • The Relative Strength Index (RSI) showed a similar dynamic as the oscillator reversed course ahead of oversold territory to break out of the downward trend from earlier this year, and the decline from the February high (0.8007) may turn out to be a correction in the broader trend rather than a change in market behavior as AUD/USD out the March high (0.7849) in May.
  • However, recent price action highlights a defined range for AUD/USD amid the string of failed attempts to test the May low (0.7675), with a close above the Fibonacci overlap around 0.7720 (38.2% expansion) to 0.7760 (23.6% expansion) opening up the 0.7880 (38.2% expansion) region, which sits just beneath the May high (0.7891).
  • Need a close above the 0.7880 (38.2% expansion) region to bring the 0.7930 (50% retracement) to 0.7950 (50% expansion) zone on the radar, with the next area of interest coming in around 0.7980 (50% expansion) to 0.8000 (78.6% expansion), which largely lines up with the February high (0.8007).
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--- Written by David Song, Currency Strategist

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