AUD/USD posted losses for a second straight week, closing at 0.7485. This week’s key event is the RBA Rate Statement. Here is an outlook on the major market-movers and an updated technical analysis for AUD/USD.
It was a disappointing week in the US. GDP grew by an annualized rate of 0.7% in the first quarter, weaker than expected and the lowest in three years. As well, durable goods orders and consumer confidence missed expectations.
- May 5, 14:30: NFP beats with 211K but wages only 2.5% y/y –: Better than expected jobs report: the US economy gained 211K jobs in April and the unemployment rate ticked down to...
- May 4, 13:00: AUD/USD dips under 0.74 – 5 reasons and levels to watch: The Australian dollar is under pressure. A series of lower highs was followed by lower lows. AUD/USD is currently trading just around...
- May 4, 9:00: Technical levels for majors and crosses – May 2017: A new month has begun and markets are on the move. What can we expect? Politics, economic data, and flows...
- May 3, 21:00: NFP: Testing the “full employment” theory – watch wages: The US economy gained only 98K jobs in March. Expectations are higher now: around double that amount alongside a healthy...
- May 3, 20:00: Fed sanguine about economic weakness – USD slightly stronger: The Federal Reserve is not that worried about slower growth, seeing it as transitory. That is the main takeaway from...
- May 3, 16:00: ISM Non-Manufacturing PMI beats with 57.5, but weak employment: The US services sector is doing well, growing at an accelerated pace. ISM’s non-manufacturing PMI beats expectations with a score of...
- May 3, 14:15: ADP Non-Farm Payrolls at 177K within expectations: No big surprises from the ADP’s NFP: 177K jobs were gained in April according to the company. This is in...
- May 3, 10:40: Fed preview: reasons to be worried – 3 scenarios: The ECB talked about diminishing downside risks, at least to growth. In the US, the Federal Reserve faces materializing downside...
- May 3, 8:15: Sell in May? Live Market Open from 7:00 GMT: The month of May begins with a storm: top-tier events and lots of movement in markets. We discuss everything that’s...
- May 2, 9:07: AUD/USD holds 0.75 after RBA, Chinese PMIs: AUD/USD currently trades above 0.75. The pair is off the low support levels of 0.7450 but certainly not going anywhere...
- May 1, 15:00: No more dovish Draghi and diagnosing the Donald – MM: As we turn the page to May there’s a lot on our plate: Draghi’s impact on the euro, Macron’s lead...
AUD/USD daily graph with support and resistance lines on it. Click to enlarge:
- AIG Manufacturing Index: Sunday, 23:30. This minor indicator continues to show expansion, but dipped to 57.5 in March.
- MI Inflation Gauge: Monday, 1:00. This monthly indicator helps analysts predict CPI, which is released on a quarterly basis. The index posted a small gain of 0.1% in March.
- Commodity Prices: Monday, 6:30. Commodity prices have posted strong gains in Q1. In March, the indicator came in at 50.1%, down from 56.0% a month earlier.
- Chinese Caixin Manufacturing PMI: Tuesday, 1:45. This Chinese indicator continues to show slight expansion. In March, the index dipped to 51.2, short of the estimate of 51.8 points. Little change is expected in the August report.
- RBA Cash Rate: Tuesday, 4:30. The RBA will release its rate statement, with the RBA expected to hold rates at 1.50%. The rate has been pegged at this level since August 2016.
- AIG Services Index: Tuesday, 23:30. The indicator rebounded in March, with a reading of 51.7 points. This points to slight expansion in the services sector.
- HIA New Home Sales: Thursday, 1:00. This indicator provides a gauge of the level of activity in the housing sector. The indicator rebounded in February, with a slight gain of 0.2%.
- Trade Balance: Thursday, 1:30. Australia’s trade surplus jumped to AUD 3.57 billion in February, well above the forecast of AUD 1.75 billion. The estimate for the March report is AUD 3.33 billion.
- RBA Governor Philip Lowe Speech: Thursday, 3:10. Lowe will deliver remarks at an event in Brisbane. A speech which is more hawkish than expected is bullish for the Australian dollar.
- AIG Construction Index: Thursday, 23:30. The indicator dipped to 51.2 in March, pointing to slight expansion in the construction sector.
- RBA Monetary Policy Statement: Friday, 1:30. This quarterly report discusses the RBA’s view of economic conditions and inflation. Analysts will be looking for clues as to future monetary policy.
AUD/USD Technical Analysis
AUD/USD opened the week at 0.7556 and quickly climbed to a high of 0.7585. The pair then reversed directions and dropped to a low of 0.7439, breaking support at 0.7513 (discussed last week). The pair closed the week at 0.7485.
We start with resistance at 0.7938. This line has held since May 2015.
0.7835 was the high point in April 2016.
0.7741 was a cap in February.
0.7605 has strengthened in resistance as AUD/USD lost ground last week.
0.7513 remains busy. It has switched to a resistance role.
0.7429 is an immediate support role.
0.7311 marked a low point in November.
0.7223 is the next support line.
0.7105 has held since March 2016. It is the final support level for now.
I am bearish on AUD/USD
The US economy has hit a bump, underscored by the weak Advance release report for Q1. Still, the Fed is likely to raise rates another two times in 2017, which is bullish for the US dollar.
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