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Aussie Dollar Little Moved After Caixin PMI Release, RBA Ahead

Aussie Dollar Little Moved After Caixin PMI Release, RBA Ahead

Daniel Dubrovsky, Analyst

Talking Points

  • Australian Dollar little changed post Caixin PMI report
  • Manufacturing PMI 49.4 in April versus 49.8 expected
  • Small response likely due to pre-positioning for the RBA

Having trouble trading the Australian Dollar? This may be why.

The Australian Dollar showed a tepid response against its major peers after China’s Caixin PMI crossed the wires. The gauge of the manufacturing sector showed a print of 49.4 in April, worse than the 49.8 forecasted by economists and lower than the 49.7 reading in March. A reading below 50.0 shows a contraction while a mark above indicates growth. This marks a 14th consecutive month in which the manufacturing sector contracted.

Perhaps a minimal reaction from the Aussie could be explained by the upcoming Reserve Bank of Australia monetary policy announcement. Overnight index swaps are pricing in a 55 percent probability that the central bank will cut rates by 25 basis points. Such parameters could deter speculators from taking on large positions ahead of a potentially volatile event.

Meanwhile, the DailyFX Speculative Sentiment Index (SSI) is showing a reading of -1.12 following the announcement, meaning that for every trader long the AUD/USD, there are 1.12 on the short side. The SSI is a contrarian indicator, implying further AUD/USD strength ahead.

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Aussie Dollar Little Moved After Caixin PMI Release, RBA Ahead

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