AUD/USD Technicals – Bears Threatening 0.90 Soft Support

Downtrend in AUD is continuing strong, with prices currently trading below yesterday’s low despite a bullish recovery back towards 0.91 during European/early US hours. The rally yesterday can be attributed to USD weakness due to the alleviating of QE Taper fears yesterday. US Stock prices and EUR/USD ralles provide good support for that assertion. However, unlike EUR/USD that managed to hold onto most of its gains yesterday, AUD/USD collapsed totally, highlighting the strong bearish sentiment that is currently surrounding AUD/USD.

This bearish sentiment ignored the 2 minor good news this morning. Australia’s DEWR Skilled Vacancies grew 0.7% in the month of July, while June’s figures have been revised higher as well. Westpac Leading Index showed stability in the economy as well, reversing last month’s shrinkage of 0.1%. However, AUD/USD did not enjoy any semblance of bullish reversal, with prices accelerated lower when the numbers were released.

Hourly Chart


Price did recover slightly following the sell off which broke soft support of 0.904. However, the recovery only served to affirm current bear pressure, with bulls unable to clear the 0.904 level, resulting in renewed offers driving price down to fresh weekly low. This is significant as Stochastic readings were on the verge of showing a bull cycle, which would have been confirmed with price breaking 0.904, thus opening a move back towards 0.91 once again. However, due to the rejection by 0.904, Stoch readings are currently pointing lower again, forming an interim peak just above the 20.0 mark. This suggest that the bearish leg may still have some distance to run, favoring a temporary bearish move from here.

Daily Chart


This notion is echoed by Daily Chart, which suggest that a movement back towards 2013 lows of 0.89~ and perhaps beyond is possible, based on the rejection of 0.92 and Stochastic indicator. Interestingly, Daily Chart shows potential interim support around 0.90 in the form of 13th July lows. Considering that Short-term chart is highly oversold, it is conceivable that a slight rebound may occur around the round figure support. However, it is unlikely that this would be able to grow into a stronger bullish reversal with long term Aussie fundamentals continue to look bleak.

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Mingze Wu

Mingze Wu

Currency Analyst at Market Pulse
Based in Singapore, Mingze Wu focuses on trading strategies and technical and fundamental analysis of major currency pairs. He has extensive trading experience across different asset classes and is well-versed in global market fundamentals. In addition to contributing articles to MarketPulseFX, Mingze centers on forex and macro-economic trends impacting the Asia Pacific region.
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