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  • AUD/USD in stasis as US stock futures decline. 
  • A continued decline in US yields could power breakout. 

AUD/USD is trading in a 20-pip range of 0.71 to 0.7120 for the ninth straight hour. 

The 0.3% decline in the S&P 500 futures look to be capping the upside in the Aussie dollar. Meanwhile, the overnight decline in the US Treasury yields could be restricting losses near 0.71. The 10-year yield fell by six basis points to 1.028% on Monday, weakening the bid tone around the greenback. 

Broader outlook bullish

With the Federal Reserve running an open-ended bond purchase program and markets expecting generous fiscal spending under Joe Biden’s Presidency, the path of least resistance for AUD/USD appears to be on the higher side. The anti-risk dollar typically underperforms in global economic upswings. 

The greenback has already taken a beating since the March crash. AUD/USD has rallied from 0.55 to 0.78 in the past ten months.

However, in the short-term, potential rise in the US Treasury yields, the RBA’s aggressive A$100bn QE program (with potential for more), ongoing pain for Australia’s tourism and education exports, and tensions with China could play the spoilsport, according to Westpac analysts. 

The US 10-year yield rose from 0.9% to 1.17% earlier this month, putting a bid under the oversold greenback. Yields rose following the Democrats’ recapturing of Senate control.

Technical levels