AUD/USD continued to gain ground as it moved up about 70 pips this week, closing at 1.0373. The upcoming week is quite busy, with nine events. Highlights include Building Approvals and PPI. Here is an outlook of the Australian events, and an updated technical analysis for AUD/USD.
The aussie continued to improve against the greenback, as CPI was higher than expected, indicating renewed activity in the economy. As well, Chinese Flash Manufacturing PMI posted its best performance since April.
Updates: HIA New Home Sales fell for a third straight month, falling 3.7%. RBA Deputy Governor Philip Lowe will address a banking forum in Sydney later on Tuesday. The aussie continues to push towards the 1.04 line. AUD/USD was trading at 1.0379. Building Approvals improved, climbing to 7.8%. This strong performance surprised the markets, which had expected a much smaller gain of 1.1%. Private Sector Credit rose a modest 0.3%, a notch above the estimate of 0.2%. The Manufacturing Index rose slightly, posting a reading of 45.2 points. The index has not cracked the important 50 level since February. Import Prices disappointed, declining by 2.4%. The estimate stood at a drop of 1.2%. Commodity Prices continued their steep drop, as the indicator plunged by 16.9%. The Chinese Manufacturing PMI pushed above the 50 line for the first time since August. The index posted a figure of 50.2 points, a notch below the estimate of 50.3 points. PPI will be released on Friday. The markets are expecting the inflation index to climb by 1.0%.
- HIA New Home Sales: Tuesday, tentative. New Home Sales is an excellent indication of consumer spending and confidence in the economy. The indicator has posted two consecutive declines of over 5%, and the markets will be hoping for a rebound in the upcoming release.
- RBA Deputy Governor Philip Lowe Speaks: Tuesday, 8:55. The Deputy Governor will be addressing a financial forum in Sydney. A speech which is more hawkish than expected is bullish for the aussie.
Building Approvals: Wednesday, 00:30. Building Approvals tends to be quite volatile, and the indicator posted a solid 6.4% gain last month. The estimate for the upcoming release is a modest 1.1% increase.
- Private Sector Credit: Wednesday, 00:30. The indicator posted 0.2% gains in the past two releases, and the markets are not expecting any change.
AIG Manufacturing Index: Wednesday, 22:30. This index has been below the 50.0 point level since February, indicating sustained weakness in the manufacturing sector. More of the same is expected in the upcoming release.
Import Prices: Thursday, 00:30. Import Prices were well above the market forecast in the October release, posting a 2.4% gain. However, the market forecast is calling for a 1.0% decline this month. Will the indicator surprise the markets with another gain?
Chinese Final Manufacturing PMI: Thursday, 1:45. This key PMI has spent most of 2012 above the key 50 level, although the index has dipped below 50 in the past two releases. The markets are expecting a small improvement, with a forecast of 50.3. Chinese Final Manufacturing PMI is an important release which can impact on AUD/USD, as China is Australia’s number one trading partner.
Commodity Prices: Friday, 00:30. The downward spiral continues for this trade balance indicator. Commodity Prices looked awful last month, as the indicator plunged 14.9%. The markets are bracing for another poor showing in the November release.
PPI: Friday, 00:30. This key inflation index is released each quarter. In Q2, PPI posted a gain of 0.5%, and the estimate for Q3 stands at 1.0%. Higher inflation is an indication of increased economic activity, so a strong PPI release this month would be good news for the aussie.
* All times are GMT
AUD/USD Technical Analysis
AUD/USD opened at 1.0304. The pair touched a low of 1.0236, but then rebounded, climbing all the way to 1.0397, as the resistance line of 1.0402 (discussed last week), held firm. AUD/USD closed the week at 1.0373.
We begin with resistance at 1.0874, which has held firm since July 2011. We next encounter resistance at 1.0718. This line has not been tested since March. Next, there is strong resistance at 1.0605, just above the round figure of 1.06.
This is followed by resistance at 1.0508, which has held firm since mid-September. Next, there is resistance at 1.0402. This line held firm as the pair tested 1.04 on its upward move.
AUD/USD continues to receive support at 1.0326. This line was breached as the pair dropped early in the week, but remains in place. The next line of support is at 1.0230, which has strengthened as the pair trades at higher levels. Next, there is support at 1.0174, which has held firm since early October. This is followed by 1.0080, which is protecting the psychologically important parity level. The parity line, last tested in June, is the next line of support. We next encounter support at 0.9917.
This is followed by 0.9815, which has held firm since June. Next, there is support at 0.9726. The final line for now is at 0.9673. This line was last tested in early June, when the Australian dollar started a strong rally.
I am bullish on AUD/USD.
The aussie has enjoyed a strong October, buoyed by solid releases such as Home Loans and New Motor Vehicle Sales. In addition, Chinese data has been generally positive, which has helped the Australian currency. As well, signs of improvement in the US economy could lead to investors having more of an appetite for risk. If the economic data continues to look good, there is room for the pair to continue moving upwards.
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