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AUD/USD Weekly Forecast: Fed Signals One Rate Cut for 2024

  • US consumer and wholesale inflation figures came in below estimates.
  • The Fed forecast only one rate cut this year.
  • The Reserve Bank of Australia will hold its policy meeting next week.

The AUD/USD weekly forecast is slightly bearish as the dollar recovers on the Fed’s outlook for one rate cut in 2024.

Ups and downs of AUD/USD

The Aussie ended on a bullish candle but closed well below its highs as the dollar rallied towards the end of the week. During the week, investors focused on consumer and wholesale inflation figures, which came in below estimates. Consequently, there was more confidence that the Fed would cut rates twice this year.

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However, the Fed had a more hawkish outlook, with policymakers noting that the economy remained strong. As a result, the central bank forecast only one rate cut this year. Therefore, although the dollar started the week down, it ended strong, leading to a decline in the AUD/USD price.

Next week’s key events for AUD/USD

Next week, the Reserve Bank of Australia will hold its policy meeting, probably keeping interest rates unchanged. Furthermore, investors will focus on the US retail sales report, which will show the state of consumer spending in the country.

The RBA is widely expected to maintain rates. However, the market focus will be on the messaging after the meeting, which might indicate when the central bank will start cutting interest rates. Futures currently show a lower than 50% likelihood of a cut in December. 

Meanwhile, the US retail sales report will likely show no growth during the month, increasing policymakers’ confidence that the economy is slowing down.

AUD/USD weekly technical forecast: Price fluctuates within 0.6580 support and 0.6701 resistance

AUD/USD weekly technical forecast
AUD/USD daily chart

On the technical side, the AUD/USD price is caught in a range between the 0.6580 support and the 0.6701 resistance levels. However, bears show more strength within the range, with bigger candles than bulls. 

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Moreover, the price sits below the 22-SMA, a sign that bears are in the lead. The RSI has also crossed below 50, supporting bearish momentum. Therefore, there is a high chance that the price will break below the 0.6580 range support. If this happens, it might collapse further to retest the 0.6401 support level. The price will confirm a downtrend when it starts making lower highs and lows.

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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.