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AUD/USD ANALYSIS & TALKING POINTS

  • Moderating US jobs data bolster AUD but one eye on NFP tomorrow.
  • US jobless claims and Fed speak the focus for today.
  • Bullish divergence on daily chart a hopeful sign for AUD bulls.

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AUSTRALIAN DOLLAR FUNDAMENTAL BACKDROP

The Australian dollar is attempting to claw back losses against the US dollar after US ISM services PMI’s softened alongside services employment figures (a positive for doves as NFP’s loom). ADP employment change supplemented this trend by missing forecasts. That being said, ADP figures have not been reliable indicators for NFP numbers of recent and with JOLTs job openings ticking higher, the door is wide open for the NFP to move in either direction.

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Australia’s balance of trade earlier this morning surprised to the upside but still below the recent average; overall a net positive for the AUD. The day ahead remains focused on US specific factors including more jobs data via jobless claims that are expected to follow the ADP print. Should this occur, US Treasury yields may fall further and benefit the pro-growth Aussie dollar. Later in the session, Fed speakers will be scheduled to speak and it will be interesting to see how their outlooks may have changed after recent economic data.

In summary, the day ahead may not be as market moving due to traders being cautious ahead of tomorrow’s NFP’s where volatility should pick up once more.

AUD/USD ECONOMIC CALENDAR (GMT +02:00)

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Source: DailyFX economic calendar

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TECHNICAL ANALYSIS

AUD/USD DAILY CHART

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Chart prepared by Warren Venketas, TradingView

Daily AUD/USD price action has not quite reached November 2022 swing lows at 0.6272 but is showing a push higher. The Relative Strength Index (RSI) seeing higher lows relative to prices exhibit positive/bullish divergence and could be suggestive of further upside to come. The next key resistance zone will once again come from the medium-term trendline (dashed black line) but this bullish move is highly dependent on tomorrow NFP’s.

Key resistance levels:

  • 0.6500
  • 0.6459
  • 50-day moving average (yellow)
  • Trendline resistance
  • 0.6358

Key support levels:

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