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The Australian dollar  rose close to one cent on the week, closing at  0.9170.  This week’s highlight is CPI. Here is an outlook of the events and an updated technical analysis for AUD/USD.

AUD/USD jumped sharply after the RBA minutes pointed to some weakening of the central bank’s easing bias. The pair climbed close to the 0.93 line, but could not consolidate and retracted below the 0.92 level.

Updates:

AUD/USD graph with support and resistance lines on it. Click to enlarge:   AUD USD Forecast July 22-26

  1. CPI: Wednesday, 1:30. CPI is the most important consumer inflation indicator, and is released each quarter, magnifying its impact. The Q1 release came in at 0.4%, short of the estimate of 0.7%. The markets are expecting a slight increase in the upcoming reading, with the estimate standing at 0.5%.
  2. Trimmed Mean CPI: Wednesday, 1:30. This consumer index excludes the most volatile 30% of items which are found in CPI. The RBA uses the Trimmed Mean CPI as part of its calculation for determining inflation. Similar to CPI, this index also fell short of the  estimate in Q1. The indicator posted a gain of 0.3%, while the forecast stood at 0.5%. The estimate for the July release is 0.5%.
  3. Chinese Flash Manufacturing PMI: Wednesday, 1:45. The  Manufacturing  PMI has fallen for three consecutive readings, underscoring slower growth in the Chinese economy. The previous release came in at 48.3 points, well short of the estimate of 49.4. The markets are not anticipating much change this time around, with an estimate of 48.6 points.  The Australian dollar is sensitive to major Chinese releases, so an unexpected reading could affect the movement of AUD/USD.

AUD/USD Technical Analysis

AUD/USD  started the week at 0.9090, and after touching a low of 0.9089,  moved sharply higher. The pair pushed as high as 0.9292, but then gave up some of these gains, closing the week at 0.9170, just shy of the resistance line at 0.9171 (discussed last week).

Live chart of AUD/USD:   [do action=”tradingviews” pair=”AUDUSD” interval=”60″/]

Technical lines from top to bottom:      

We  start with strong resistance at 0.9634. This line saw some action in mid-June,  when the pair started a downward slide in which it dropped below the 0.92 line.

0.9549 is the next line of resistance.  This is followed by 0.9428,  which had a busy month  in  June. Prior to that, this line  had  provided strong support, and had remained intact since October 2011.

0.9283 was briefly breached for the second consecutive week, as the Aussie showed some strength but couldn’t hold onto these gains. This is followed by resistance at  0.9171. AUD/USD ended the week at 0.9170, so this line could see some activity at the start of this week.

0.9041  has been a weak support line for much of July, but has strengthened as the pair gained ground this week. This is followed by the psychologically important 90 level.

0.8893 was last  breached in August 2010, as the Australian dollar put together a strong  rally which saw it  climb  above the 1.10 line. This is followed by 0.8747, which has remained in place since July 2010.

0.8550 is  the final  support line for now. It saw a lot of action in mid-2010 and has remained intact since that time.

I  am bearish on AUD/USD.

The Australian dollar flexed some muscle early last week, thanks to the RBA minutes which lessened the likelihood of an interest rate cut. However, Australian data has been less than impressive, and China is also experiencing a slowdown in growth. The Aussie is sensitive to Chinese data, as the Asian giant is Australia’s number one trading partner. So weakness in China could spell bad news for the Australian dollar. Meanwhile, the US posted some strong numbers last week, notably Unemployment Claims. If the US numbers continue to point upwards, the US dollar could post gains against the Aussie.

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