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AUD/USD Weekly Forecast: RBA to Hike Rates Amid Hotter CPI

  • The US avoided a debt default, allowing risk appetite to return to the markets.
  • The dollar fell on indications of a Fed pause in June.
  • Markets are expecting another rate hike from the RBA next week.

The AUD/USD weekly forecast is slightly bullish as the likelihood of another rate hike by the RBA has increased after the rise in Australian CPI.

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Ups and downs of AUD/USD

AUD/USD closed the week higher as the dollar weakened. Despite the release of mostly upbeat consumer confidence and employment data, the dollar faced headwinds as it lost its safe-haven appeal. Fortunately, the US avoided a debt default, allowing risk appetite to return to the markets.

By approving a bill on Thursday night to suspend the debt ceiling, the US Senate eliminated a crucial factor supporting the dollar. Surprisingly, the currency had benefited from the uncertainty due to its status as a safe-haven asset. 

On Thursday, the dollar experienced its largest decline in nearly a month. This drop followed indications from Fed officials that the central bank would not proceed with an interest rate hike in June. 

It, however, recovered slightly on Friday after the NFP report showed a still-tight US labor market.

Next week’s key events for AUD/USD

In the coming week, investors will focus on the RBA policy meeting, a speech from the RBA governor, and GDP data from Australia. The US will also release weekly employment data.

Notably, recent data revealed a significant surge in consumer prices in April, surpassing expectations. This has led markets to anticipate a greater likelihood of another rate hike following a surprising policy rate increase to 3.85% earlier this month.

AUD/USD weekly technical forecast: Buyers face pivotal resistance in the downtrend.

AUD/USD weekly technical forecast
AUD/USD daily chart

The bias for AUD/USD on the daily chart is bearish. However, this could change as the price is retesting the 22-SMA resistance. Furthermore, the RSI trades near the pivotal 50 mark, where sentiment could shift.

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AUD/USD had been moving in a range for some time before finally breaking out. The range was made up of the 0.6600 support and the 0.6801 resistance. The price broke below the range support, allowing bears to retest the 0.6500 support level.

Now the price is retesting the recently broken key level and the 22-SMA. If bears hold control, it will bounce lower, take out the 0.6500 support and retest the 0.6401 support.

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Saqib Iqbal

Saqib Iqbal

Saqib Iqbal is a market analyst, prop fund trader and mentor, serving the industry with his analysis and educational content since 2011. The author has great exposure to different financial markets and institutions. He's well-known for his day trading reviews and multiple timeframe analysis.