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Australian GDP is the primary  gauge of the production and growth of the economy. It is considered by analysts as one the most important indicators of economic activity. A reading which is higher than expected is bullish for the Australian dollar.

Here are all the details, and 5 possible outcomes for AUD/USD.

Published on Wednesday at 00:30 GMT.

Indicator Background

Australian GDP is released on a quarterly basis, and provides an excellent indication of the health and size of the Australian economy. An unexpected reading can quickly affect the movement of AUD/USD.

GDP has  looked  very steady,  posting gains of  0.6% for four consecutive quarters.  The  estimate for Q4 stands at 0.7%.  Will the indicator meet or beat this prediction?

Sentiments and levels

The Aussie is having trouble cracking the 0.90 level, and with the Australian economy not churning out impressive numbers,  there is room for the currency to lose ground.  The US is also having its problems, but market sentiment remains  positive and QE tapering is expected to continue later in March, which would be a vote of confidence from the Federal Reserve. So, the overall sentiment is bearish on AUD/USD towards this release.

Technical levels, from top to bottom: 0.9283, 0.9180, 0.90, 0.8893, 0.8728 and  0.8578.

5 Scenarios

  1. Within expectations: 0.5% to 0.9%. In such a scenario, the AUD/USD is likely to rise within range, with a small chance of breaking higher.
  2. Above expectations: 1.0% to 1.3%: An unexpected higher reading can send  the pair  above one resistance line.
  3. Well above expectations: Above 1.4%: The chances of such a scenario are low. Such an outcome could push AUD/USD upwards, and a second resistance line might be broken as a result.
  4. Below expectations: 0.1% to 0.4%:   A negative GDP figure could cause the  pair to fall and break one level of support.
  5. Well below expectations:  Below 0.1%. A zero reading or contraction in GDP could see the pair drop below a second support level.

For more on AUD/USD, see the Australian dollar forecast.

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