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AUD/USD Technical Analysis: Selloff Stalls at 2019 Floor. Now What?

AUD/USD Technical Analysis: Selloff Stalls at 2019 Floor. Now What?

2019-08-15 06:30:00
Ilya Spivak, Head Strategist, APAC
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AUD/USD TECHNICAL OUTLOOK: BEARISH

  • Australian Dollar settles into choppy range near early-2019 spike low
  • Positive RSI divergence hints a bounce may be ahead, but maybe not
  • Actionable trade setup seems missing but trend bias favors weakness

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The Australian Dollar is licking its wounds above support at 0.6744, the 2019 spike low, after suffering the longest streak of consecutive losing days in over six years. The plunge followed a break of counter-trend support guiding the upswing from mid-June lows, as expected.

Positive RSI divergence now points to ebbing selling pressure, but that much can be observed in price action itself as AUD/USD oscillates in a choppy range. While this may set the stage for a bounce, it could also amount to little more than consolidation before the selloff resumes.

A daily close above the upper layer of immediate resistance at 0.6865 opens the door for a retest of the minor barrier at 0.6911. Prices would probably need to breach trend resistance set form December 2018 – now at 0.7050 – to truly neutralize immediate selling pressure. A move below 0.6744 eyes 0.6677 next.

Australian Dollar vs US Dollar price chart - daily

AUD/USD chart created with TradingView

Tactically, an actionable trade setup seems missing for now. Congested near-term positioning appears to make the long and short side unattractive on risk/reward grounds. Stalling after hitting the implied target of the Descending Triangle pattern completed in mid-May begs the question about next steps as well.

AUD/USD Technical Analysis: Selloff Stalls at 2019 Floor. Now What?

AUD/USD chart created with TradingView

With that in mind, markets may well need a nudge from some external catalyst to spur on the next round of trend development. Whenever that occurs however, the path of least resistance seems to lead lower. This implies that any near-term bounce is more likely to be a selling opportunity rather than the alternative.

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--- Written by Ilya Spivak, Currency Strategist for DailyFX.com

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