AUD/USD has posted modest losses on Wednesday, as the pair trades in the mid-0.77 range. On the release front, Australian Consumer Sentiment jumped 8.0%, while Home Loans improved by 2.7%. In the US, there are no major releases on the schedule.
There was excellent news from Australian releases on Wednesday, but the Aussie failed to take advantage. On Tuesday, Consumer Sentiment climbed 8.0%, to 100.5 points. This is the indicator’s highest level since January 2014. The strong reading was followed by Home Loans, which bounced back in December with a gain of 2.7%. This beat the estimate of 2.3%.
US employment numbers continue to impress, as JOLTS Jobs Openings climbed to 5.05 million, matching expectations. This was the indicator’s highest level since 2001, and points to more available jobs due to an increase in demand for goods and services. The strong reading follows a solid US Nonfarm Payrolls report for January, which was released on Friday. The key employment indicator improved to 257 thousand in January, up from 252 thousand a month earlier. This easily beat the estimate of 236 thousand. The Federal Reserve has been clear that the employment numbers will have to be strong before a rate hike kicks in, so these strong employment releases reinforce expectations for an interest rate in mid-2015, which would be a major boost for the US dollar.
AUD/USD for Wednesday, February 11, 2015
AUD/USD February 11 at 12:30 GMT
AUD/USD 0.7735 H: 0.7793 L: 0.7713
- AUD/USD showed little movement in the Asian session. The pair has posted modest losses in European trade.
- 0.7799 is an immediate resistance line.
- 0.7684 has weakened in support as the pair trades at lower levels. 0.7582 is stronger.
- Current range: 0.7684 to 0.7799
Further levels in both directions:
- Below: 0.7684, 0.7582, 0.7403 and 0.7265
- Above: 0.7799, 0.7904, 0.8081, 0.8150 and 0.8214
OANDA’s Open Positions Ratio
AUD/USD ratio is showing little change on Wednesday. This is not consistent with the pair’s movement, as the Aussie has posted losses. The ratio has a majority of long positions, indicative of trader bias towards the Australian dollar reversing direction and moving higher.
- 00:30 Australian Home Loans. Estimate 2.3%. Actual 2.7%.
- 15:30 US Crude Oil Inventories. Estimate 3.7M.
- 18:01 US 10-year Bond Auction.
- 19:00 US Federal Budget Balance. Estimate -2.6B.
- RBA Assistant Governor Guy Debelle Speaks.
*Key releases are highlighted in bold
*All release times are GMT
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