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AUD Vulnerable as US Mulls More Chinese Tariffs, RBA Minutes Pass

AUD Vulnerable as US Mulls More Chinese Tariffs, RBA Minutes Pass

Daniel Dubrovsky, Strategist

US Additional Tariff Threats, RBA Minutes Market Alert:

  • Australian Dollar, already battered, looked past the status quo RBA minutes
  • The central bank reiterated the status quo as a rate hike still seems distant
  • Renewed trade war fears leaves AUD/USD vulnerable to more losses ahead

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As anticipated, the Australian Dollar was relatively restrained when the RBA June meeting minutes crossed the wires. Before the document was released, the Aussie was battered as risk appetite soured on renewed threats of a trade war. There, US President Donald Trump instructed the US Trade Representative’s office to find $200 billion in Chinese goods for potential tariffs.

BACKGROUND: A Brief History of Trade Wars, 1900-Present

Heading into the release, the Aussie attempted to recover as the US Dollar fell. However, its ascent seemed to have stalled as the minutes were released. In the details of the document, the Reserve Bank of Australia said that wage pressures are building and that recent data is consistent with GDP above 3%. Keep in mind though that earlier this month, Governor Philip Lowe said that a rate hike is still ‘some time away’.

The stall on Aussie may have been due to that shortly after the minutes crossed the wires, China’s Ministry of Commerce issued a statement to the US tariff threats. According to them, they said that the US tariff decision is against market rules and that China will take strong countermeasures if the US issues a new list. This is not too surprising given developments that occurred over this past weekend.

There, the world’s second largest economy responded to the $50b US tariffs by imposing levies with an intent of equal scale. Signs of more comebacks may continue weighing on risk appetite, sending the Aussie lower. More may indeed come given that Trump threatened to impose additional taxes on Chinese products in the event of retaliation.

AUD/USD RBA June Meeting Minutes Reaction

AUD/USD Chinese tariff threats, RBA meeting minutes reaction

AUD/USD Technical Analysis: More Losses Ahead?

On a daily chart, AUD/USD has conveniently paused its decent since early June on the May 9 low around 0.7414. With that said, it has closed at its lowest point this year so far as well as since June 2017. Given the recent renewed trade war fears, the pair could be on the verge of closing below the May 9 low, opening the door to further losses ahead.

From here, a push below near-term support exposes the June 2017 low at 0.7371. Beyond that lies the May 2017 low at 0.7327 which is just above the 50% midpoint of the Fibonacci extension at 0.7315. On the other hand, a climb back up places the 23.6% level as the first target at 0.7506. A push above that exposes the 14.6% minor level at 0.7571.

AUD/USD Daily Chart: RBA Minutes, Chinese tariffs

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--- Written by Daniel Dubrovsky, Junior Currency Analyst for

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