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The Australian dollar  continued its losing ways, dropping over a cent against the US dollar last week. AUD/USD closed the week at 0.9495. This week’s major event is Employment Change.  Here is an outlook of the events and an updated technical analysis for AUD/USD.

Australian Retail Sales and GDP missed their estimates, and the RBA didn’t do the Aussie any favors by leaving the door open to more rate cuts. As well, Chinese manufacturing numbers and trade balance were below their estimates,  which hurt the Australian dollar.

Updates:

AUD/USD graph with support and resistance lines on it. Click to enlarge:AUD USD Forecast June10-14

  1. Home Loans: Tuesday, 1:30. Home Loans is an important leading indicator of demand in the Australian housing market. The indicator has posted two consecutive gains, and the markets are expecting another rise, with the estimate for the June release at 2.1%.
  2. NAB Business Confidence: Tuesday, 1:30. This index pointed to worsening economic conditions in the May release, with a reading of -2 points. This was the lowest level from the business sentiment indicator in 2013. The markets will be hoping for a rebound back into positive territory this time around.
  3. Westpac Consumer Sentiment:  Wednesday, 00:30. Consumer Confidence has not impressed, with two consecutive declines. The economy will have a tough time recovering if consumers don’t feel good about the economy and loosen the purse strings, as consumer spending is a critical component of economic growth. Will the indicator bounce back in the upcoming reading?
  4. MI Inflation Expectations: Thursday, 1:00. This indicator is released monthly. It  helps analysts track inflation, as CPI, the most important consumer inflation indicator, is only released each quarter. The indicator has been  quite steady,  and the previous reading moved only slightly, to 2.3%. The markets are  not expecting  any significant change in  the upcoming reading.
  5. Employment Change and Unemployment Rate:  Thursday, 1:30. Employment Change is one of the most important economic indicators, and can affect the movement of AUD/USD. The May release was excellent, with an increase of 50.1 thousand. This easily surpassed the estimate of 11.5 thousand. However, the markets are bracing for a sharp turnaround, with an estimate at -9.8K. Will the indicator again surprise the markets with a strong release? The Unemployment Rate is at a respectable 5.5%, and the markets are anticipating a slight  rise to 5.6%.

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

AUD/USD Technical Analysis

AUD/USD opened at 0.9619, and started off promisingly, touching a high of 0.9792. The pair was unable to break resistance at 0.9797 (discussed last week). AUD/USD then dropped sharply, falling to 0.9428, and closed the week at  just under the 95 level, at 0.9495.  

Technical lines from top to bottom:      

We  begin with strong resistance at  1.0183. This line last saw action in  early  May.  The next line of resistance is at 1.0093. This is followed by the parity line, which AUD/USD  broke through  in mid-May, as it continues to push to lower levels.

The next resistance line is at 0.9913. This is followed by 0.9797, which held firm as the pair pushed upwards early last week.  The next  resistance line is at 0.9634. This line has strengthened as the pair continues to lose ground. 0.9549 has reverted to a resistance role following the sharp drop by AUD/USD.

AUD/USD is receiving  support at 0.9405, which is protecting the 94 level. This line has remained intact since October 2011.  Below is 0.9275, which has not been tested since September 2010. This is followed by support at 0.9171. Next, there is support at 0.9041, protecting the all-important 90 level. The final support line for now is at 0.8893.

I  continue to be  bearish on AUD/USD.

The Aussie’s troubles show no sign of letting up, as the currency  continues to lose ground to the  US dollar.   AUD/USD  lost a remarkable eight  cents in May, and the southward journey has continued in June. As well, Chinese data has not looked sharp, and this has weighed on the Aussie.

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