- AUD/USD is falling sharply in the second half of the day.
- USD finds demand as market mood sours during the American session.
- Focus shifts to March Retail Sales data from Australia.
After rising above 0.7800 for the first time in a month earlier in the day, the AUD/USD pair reversed its correction during the American trading hours and was last seen losing 0.4% on a daily basis at 0.7724.
DXY rises on safe-haven flows
In the absence of significant macroeconomic data releases, the risk sentiment seems to have become the primary driver of the USD’s market valuation. The souring market mood, as reflected by the sharp decline in Wall Street’s main indexes, helped the greenback find demand in the second half of the day. At the moment, the US Dollar Index is rising 0.2% on the day at 91.25 and the S&P 500 Index is down 0.8%.
Earlier in the session, FOMC Chairman Jerome Powell reiterated that the Fed remains committed to inflation and employment goals. “We do not anticipate high inflation but we have tools to address 1970s-type pressures if they arise,” Powell added. Nevertheless, these remarks failed to trigger a significant market reaction.
On Wednesday, the Westpac Leading Index and March Retail Sales data from Australia will be looked upon for fresh impetus. Although a stronger-than-expected sales report could help the AUD limit its losses, the risk perception is likely to continue to impact AUD/USD’s movements.
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