AUD/USD: Trading the Australian Trade Balance

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The Australian Trade Balance, released each month, measures the difference in exported  and imported goods and services. A reading which is higher than the market forecast is bullish for the Australian dollar.

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

Published on Tuesday at 1:30 GMT.

Indicator Background

Analysts consider Trade Balance a key economic indicator, and the release of the Australian Trade Balance can affect the direction of AUD/USD. A stronger trade balance is bullish for the aussie, since foreigners are purchasing more Australian dollars to pay for Australian goods.

The April reading was a major disappointment, posting a deficit of -0.48B. This was well below the market forecast, which called for a surplus of 1.12B. The markets have changed their tune, and are predicting a much larger deficit of -1.37B in May. Will the indicator be able to beat the market estimate this month?

Sentiments and levels

Last week’s surprise interest rate cut of 0.50% hammered the Australian dollar, and the currency is sliding closer to parity with its US counterpart. The deep cut in interest rates signals that the central bank is trying to stimulate the economy with monetary measures, and this could hurt the aussie in the short term. If key releases this week disappoint the markets, we could see AUD/USD continue to point downward. So, the overall sentiment is bearish on AUD/USD towards this release.

Technical levels, from top to bottom: 1.0402, 1.0340, 1.0230, 1.0080, 1.00 and 0.9964.

5 Scenarios

Within expectations: -1.41B to -1.33B. In this scenario, AUD/USD could show some slight fluctuation, but it is likely to remain within range, without breaking any levels.

Above expectations: -1.32B to -1.28B: A stronger reading than predicted could push the pair above one resistance line.

Well above expectations: Above -1.28B: In this scenario, AUD/USD could push upwards, with two or more lines of resistance at risk.

Below expectations: -1.46B to -1.42B: A lower than expected reading could pull the pair downwards, with one support level at risk.

Well below expectations: Below -1.46B: A very weak reading could result in the AUD/USD  breaking two or more support levels.

For more on the Aussie, see the AUD/USD forecast.

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About Author

Kenny Fisher - Senior Writer A native of Toronto, Canada, Kenneth worked for seven years in the marketing and trading departments at Bendix, a foreign exchange company in Toronto. Kenneth is also a lawyer, and has extensive experience as an editor and writer.

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