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AUD/USD – Aussie Losses Continue, Testing 0.93 Level

AUD/USD continues to lose ground in Friday trading. In the European session, the pair was trading just above the 0.93 line. In economic news, today’s US highlight is Revised UoM Consumer Sentiment. The markets are bracing for a weak release in August. There are no Australian releases on Friday.

After an impressive rally earlier this month, which saw AUD/USD improve by almost six cents, the Aussie has run into some turbulence. The currency has coughed up close to two cents in little over a week, and is struggling to remain above the 0.93 line. The RBA is carefully monitoring interest rates, and could reduce them further in order to help the economy. As well, the RBA has stated more than once that it does not view a strong Australian dollar as positive for the economy. These sentiments from the RBA are likely to continue to weigh on the Australian currency.

In the US, Thursday’s numbers were a mix. Unemployment Claims improved slightly last week, from 309 thousand to 305 thousand last week. This beat the estimate of 319 thousand. The news was nowhere as positive from in the US housing sector, as Pending Home Sales declined by 1.6%, well off the estimate of -0.9%. This was the sharpest gain we’ve seen from the housing indicator this year. Revised UoM Consumer Sentiment will wrap up the week. The markets are braced for a reading below the 80-point level, which has not happened since March. Will the indicator surprise the markets with a strong reading?

The markets were counting on a QE tapering in September, but this was not to be as the Federal Reserve didn’t make a move. The Fed was of the opinion that US economic data, particularly employment numbers, did not justify scaling down QE at this time. So with all the speculation about QE taper behind us, what can we expect from the Federal Reserve? After the FOMC Statement, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis President James Bullard shed some light on the dramatic move (or lack of) by the Federal Reserve. Bullard said the vote was close, but weaker US numbers led to a decision not to taper. He added that the Fed may go ahead with “small” reductions to QE at its next policy meeting in October. [1]

 

AUD/USD for Friday, September 27, 2013

Forex Rate Graph 21/1/13
AUD/USD September 27 at 13:20 GMT

AUD/USD 0.9310 H: 0.9275 L: 0.9298

 

AUD/USD Technical

S3 S2 S1 R1 R2 R3
0.9089 0.9135 0.9221 0.9328 0.9400 0.9508

 

 

Further levels in both directions:

 

OANDA’s Open Positions Ratio

AUD/USD ratio continues to be made up of a strong majority of long positions. This is indicative of strong trader sentiment towards the Aussie reversing direction and moving higher against the US dollar.

After excellent gains this month, the AUD/USD rally has hit a wall this week. Will the downward trend continue? With the US releasing important consumer data later today, we could see some activity from the pair in the North American session.

 

AUD/USD Fundamentals

 

*Key releases are highlighted in bold

*All release times are GMT

 

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Kenny Fisher

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Market Analyst at OANDA [6]
A highly experienced financial market analyst with a focus on fundamental analysis, Kenneth Fisher’s daily commentary covers a broad range of markets including forex, equities and commodities. His work has been published in several major online financial publications including Investing.com, Seeking Alpha and FXStreet. Based in Israel, Kenny has been a MarketPulse contributor since 2012.
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