The Australian dollar continues to lose ground on Friday, as AUD/USD trades slightly above the 0.87 line in the European session. The Aussie had looked sharp earlier in the week, but has surrendered most of those gains. On the release front, Australian Employment Change was down sharply, contracting by -29.7 thousand. On Friday, Home Loans posted a decline of 0.9%. In the US, there are no major releases on the calendar.
The Aussie continues to display strong movement this week. After climbing about 150 points earlier in the week, the currency has coughed up most of those gains, trading close to the 0.87 line. AUD/USD lost ground following dismal job numbers on Thursday, Employment Change, which had jumped some 120 thousand in July, posted a sharp decline of 29.7 thousand in the September reading. The markets had anticipated a gain of 17.6 thousand. The unemployment rate remained unchanged at 6.1%, matching the estimate.
The RBA has continually complained about the high value of the Australian dollar, saying that it was impeding economic growth. After the Aussie sank in September, in which it lost some 500 points, one might have thought that the RBA would cut the currency some slack in Tuesday’s rate statement. However, the RBA did not change its tune, stating that although the Aussie has lost ground to the US, it remained high by historical standards and continues to weigh on the economy.
US Unemployment Claims were unchanged, coming in at 287 thousand for a second straight week. This beat the estimate of 291 thousand. The indicator has now exceeded the forecast for four straight readings. Earlier in the week, JOLTS Job Openings climbed to 4.84 million, up from 4.67 million a month earlier. These numbers follow last week’s excellent Nonfarm Payrolls, pointing to a stronger job market in the US. With QE slated to end later this month, the focus will shift to the timetable for an interest rake hike, which could take place in the first half of 2015.
Earlier in the week, the FOMC minutes of the last policy meeting were unexpectedly dovish. In the minutes, the Fed poured some cold water on rising expectations of a rate hike, as a number of policymakers said that the Federal Reserve should take a more data-dependent approach regarding a rate hike. The Fed also voiced concern about the rising strength of the US dollar which could weigh on the recovery. These factors could well support keeping the current accommodative policy in place.
AUD/USD for Friday, October 10, 2014
AUD/USD October 10 at 11:55 GMT
AUD/USD 0.8712 H: 0.8785 L: 0.8706
- AUD/USD posted sharp losses in the Asian session, breaking below resistance at 0.8763. The pair has edged lower in the European session.
- On the upside, 0.8763 has reverted to a resistance role as the pair trades at lower levels. 0.8820 is stronger.
- 0.8668 is an immediate support line. 0.8550 is next.
- Current range: 0.8668 to 0.8763
Further levels in both directions:
- Below: 0.8668, 0.8550, 0.8456 and 0.8315
- Above: 0.8763, 0.8820, 0.8953, 0.9020 and 0.9119
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AUD/USD ratio has a majority of long positions, indicative of trader bias towards AUD/USD reversing directions and moving higher.
- 00:30 Australian Home Loans. Estimate +0.2%. Actual -0.9%.
- 00:45 RBA Assistant Governor Malcolm Edey Speaks.
- 12:30 US Import Prices. Estimate -0.5%.
- 13:00 US FOMC Member Charles Plosser Speaks.
- 18:00 US Federal Budget Balance.
- 19:30 US FOMC Member Richard Fisher Speaks.
* Key releases are highlighted in bold
*All release times are GMT
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