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  • The sell-off in the AUD/USD seems to have run out of steam. 
  • The pair is currently trading above the 50-hour average.
  • A close above 0.6765 would confirm a bullish reversal candlestick pattern on the daily chart. 

AUD/USD has moved above the 50-hour moving average (HMA) in Asia, but the bulls are not out of the woods yet. A daily close above 0.6765 is needed to confirm a bullish reversal pattern.

Long-tailed candle

The pair created a long-tailed candle on Tuesday, signaling bearish exhaustion. If the follow-through is strong in the form of a convincing close above 0.6765 on Wednesday, a bullish reversal candlestick pattern would be confirmed on the daily chart. 

At press time, AUD/USD is trading at 0.6772 – above Tuesday’s high of 0.6765, where the 5-hour MA is currently placed. If a bullish close remains elusive, the pair could trade in a sideways manner for a few days. 

Meanwhile, acceptance under Tuesday’s low of 0.6737 would imply a continuation of the sell-off from the Jan. 2 high of 0.7016. 

The Australian inflation data for December bettered estimates, forcing markets to scale back expectations for an RBA rate cut on Feb. 4. Further, the futures on the S&P 500 are pointing to risk reset. AUD/USD, therefore, is more likely to print a bullish close above 0.6765. 

A bearish close may be seen if the US Federal Reserve sounds hawkish, yielding a broad-based US dollar rally. 

Daily chart

Trend: Bullish

Technical levels