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Sean Callow, Research Analyst at Westpac, explains that after barely threatening to break out of its 0.73-0.75 prison for about 8 weeks, AUD/USD finally broke lower last Friday as European markets quaked at reports that the ECB was worried about contagion from Turkey to the Eurozone banking system.

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 “The correlation between movements in global equities and AUD/USD has tightened this year. This could be partly due to the lack of debate over the RBA outlook, which continued this week – wages, business & consumer confidence and unemployment data had little impact on AUD.”

“Indeed even the AUD/USD bounce following the July unemployment data looked to be driven by a rebound in CNY. Near term, underlying USD strength should help cap rallies in the low-0.73s, with overall risks this month of a probe towards 0.7160 (Dec ’16 low).”