AUD/USD plummets below 0.7750 on renewed USD strength

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  • AUD/USD made a sharp U-turn in the late American session.
  • US Dollar Index rose to a fresh monthly high above 91.40.
  • 10-year US Treasury bond yield shot higher after FOMC Chairman Powell’s remarks.

The AUD/USD pair came under strong bearish pressure in the late American session and lost more than 60 pips in the last hour. As of writing, the pair was down 0.45% on a daily basis at 0.7742.

DXY advances toward 90.50

The renewed USD strength seems to be weighing heavily on AUD/USD. While speaking at an event organized by the Wall Street Journal, FOMC Chairman Jerome Powell said that they would be concerned “by a persistent tightening of financial conditions broadly” and refrained from touching on the bond market turmoil.

Powell Quick Analysis: Markets set to suffer for two more weeks as Fed mostly dismissed bond rout.

With the initial market reaction, the 10-year US Treasury bond yield rose sharply and provided a boost to the greenback. At the moment, the US Dollar Index is trading at its highest level in a month at 90.43, rising 0.53% on a daily basis.

In the early trading hours of the Asian session, the AiG Performance of Services Index will be featured in the Australian economic docket but investors are likely to remain focused on the US T-bond yields and the USD’s market valuation.

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