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AUD/USD  posted strong gains for a second  straight week, gaining  150 points. The pair closed at 0.7555. This week’s highlights are RBA minutes and Employment Change. Here is an outlook on the major market-movers and an updated technical analysis for AUD/USD.

The shining Aussie shrugged off soft employment and consumer confidence numbers. In the  US,  Unemployment Claims looked sharp, dropping to 259 thousand.

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

AUD_USD Weekly Forecast-March 14-Mar. 18

  1. RBA Monetary Policy Meeting Minutes: Tuesday, 00:30. The RBA will release  the minutes of its policy meeting from early March. At the meeting the RBA kept the benchmark rate at 2.00%, but said it was maintaining its easing bias.
  2. MI Leading Index:  Tuesday, 23:30. This indicator is based on 9 economic indicators. The index improved to 0.0% in January after posting two declines.
  3. RBA Assistant Governor Guy Debelle Speaks:  Wednesday, 22:05.  Debelle will speak at a  conference in  Sydney. The markets will be looking for hints regarding the RBA’s future monetary policy.
  4. Employment Change:  Thursday, 00:30. Employment Change is a key event and should be treated as a market-mover. The indicator has struggled of late, posting two straight declines. The markets are expecting better news in the February report, with an estimate of 12.3 thousand. The unemployment rate rose to 6.0% in January, above the estimate of 5.8%. No change is expected in February.

* All times are GMT

AUD/USD Technical Analysis

AUD/USD  started the week at 0.7406 and quickly dropped to a low of 0.7392. AUD/USD  posted sharp  gains late in the week and climbed to a high of 0.7583, as resistance held at 0.7597 (discussed last week). The pair closed the week at 0.7555.

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Technical lines from top to bottom:

We start with resistance at 0.8025, which is protecting the symbolic 0.80 level.

0.7886 was last  breached in late May.

0.7798 was an important resistance level for much of June.

0.7692 is next.

0.7597  held firm as AUD/USD posted strong gains, but is currently a weak line.

0.7438 has strengthened in support.

0.7334 was a cap in mid-December.

0.7243 is next.

The round number of 0.71 is the final support level for now.

I am  bearish on AUD/USD

The Aussie continues to push higher and has racked up 400 points  in March.  Will we see some profit taking this week?  The RBA minutes will likely show a bias towards easing, although for now the RBA sees enough domestic growth to avoid any moves. In the US,  a  March hike is unlikely, but  the bias remains towards tightening. This monetary divergence favors the US dollar.

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