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Australian economy disappoints – AUD/USD at new lows

The Australian economy grew by only 0.3% in the third quarter of 2014. This is  significantly worse than 0.7% expected and shows that Australia is having a difficult transition from mining to other types of growth. Weak commodity prices certainly weigh on the economy,. Will the RBA cut the rates?

AUD/USD reacted sharply with a clear break down below the previous support line of 0.8420 and down to a new low of 0.8388 before  stabilizing.

Here is how it looks on the chart. More details below:

AUDUSD down after weak GDP December 2 2014 Australian dollar facing a rate cut maybe

The really strong support line is 0.8066. Until this level, we have a support at 0.8350 and 0.82. For more levels, see the AUDUSD prediction.

Year over year, the economy grew by 2.7%, weaker than 3.1% expected which was also the figure in Q2. Real domestic income declined for a second consecutive quarter. Australia still enjoys net exports, that contributed 0.8% to the GDP growth. The government contributed 0.1% and household consumption 0.3%. However, a negative contribution of 0.7% in gross fixed capital formation. Inventories also subtracted 0.1%.

Data from China: the HSBC services PMI came out at 53 points for November, marginally above 52.9 seen beforehand. The government number is 53.9 points.

Terms of trade decreased by 3.5% (seasonably adjusted). Does this suggest an even lower AUD is needed?

The RBA has left rates unchanged at 2.50% for 16 months. Up to now, some analysts saw a rate cut coming from Australia in 2015, and now a rate cut is also on the cards. In the recent rate decision, the central bank mentioned a “need” for a lower Australian dollar.



Yohay Elam

Yohay Elam

Yohay Elam: Founder, Writer and Editor I have been into forex trading for over 5 years, and I share the experience that I have and the knowledge that I've accumulated. After taking a short course about forex. Like many forex traders, I've earned a significant share of my knowledge the hard way. Macroeconomics, the impact of news on the ever-moving currency markets and trading psychology have always fascinated me. Before founding Forex Crunch, I've worked as a programmer in various hi-tech companies. I have a B. Sc. in Computer Science from Ben Gurion University. Given this background, forex software has a relatively bigger share in the posts.