AUD/USD showed volatility and gained about 1.0% last week. The markets will be keeping a close eye on the RBA minutes, Australian employment data and Chinese GDP. Here is an outlook for the highlights of this week and an updated technical analysis for AUD/USD.
The pair recorded its highest weekly close since the end of January, ending the week at 0.7172. Australia’s Westpac consumer sentiment posted a respectable gain of 1.9%, a sign that the recent budget has been well-received by consumers. In China, CPI rose to 2.3% in March, marking a 5-month high. This has raised hopes that the Chinese economy might be rebounding after suffering a slowdown due to the trade war with the U.S.
There was good news from U.S. inflation numbers, which improved in March. CPI, the key gauge of consumer spending, climbed to 0.4%, its highest gain since January 2018. The producer price index also looked strong, climbing 0.6%, marking a 5-month high.
AUD/USD daily graph with support and resistance lines on it. Click to enlarge:
- RBA Monetary Policy Meeting Minutes: Monday, 21:30. The minutes provide details of the views of the decision-making process at the April policy meeting. At that meeting, the RBA held the benchmark rate at 1.50% and noted that growth had slowed and downside risks had increased.
- Chinese GDP: Monday, 22:00. The Chinese economy has been slowing down since early 2018, although growth levels remain very high. The economy expanded 6.4% in Q4. The downward trend is expected to continue in Q1, with an estimate of a 6.3% gain.
- Ml Leading Index: Tuesday, 20:30. The Melbourne Institute index is a useful gauge of economic activity. The indicator has been muted, failing to record a gain since November. The past two releases have come in at a flat 0.0%.
- Employment Data: Wednesday, 21:30. The economy created 4.6 thousand jobs in February, compared to 39.1 thousand a month earlier. Better news is expected in March, with an estimate of 15.2 thousand. The unemployment rate dipped to 4.9% in February, the first time it has fallen below the 5.0% level since 2012. The estimate for March stands at 5.0%.
*All times are GMT
AUD/USD Technical Analysis
Technical lines from top to bottom:
0.7480 marked the high point of the pair in mid-July and defends the round 0.75 level.
The round number of 0.74 was the high point reached at the wake of December. This is followed by 0.7340, which the pair breached in late November.
0.7315 was a swing high seen in late September. Further down, 0.7240 separated ranges in September and in October.
0.7190 (mentioned last week) was tested late in the week. It had held in resistance since late February.
Lower, 0.7165 was a swing low after a recovery in mid-November. 0.7085 was a low point in September and remained relevant during the week.
Close by, 0.6970 played a role back in January 2017.
Below, 0.6825 supported the pair in late 2016 and early 2017.
0.6744 was a low point in January.
0.6686 was an important cap back in January 2000. It is the final support line for now.
I am bearish on AUD/USD
The Australian economy has been hurt by the slowdown in China, Australia’s largest trade partner. The RBA has maintained interest rate levels, but there have been calls for the RBA to lower rates in order to stimulate the economy. Trade talks between China and the U.S. continue, but last week a senior U.S. official said that an agreement could be months away.
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