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Lower GDP Takes Wind From AUD Sails.

A much lower than expected Australian 3Q GDP sends the AUD lower across the board.

Australian Q3 GDP fell by a much lower -0.5%q/q today against a consensus forecast of -0.1%. Household spending has failed to recover from a lacklustre Q2, and across other sectors, house construction, CapEx and government spending were all weak. Although trade (read mining), was weak at -0.2% there is some hope for a better Q4 at least from this sector as commodity prices continue to rise. Overall then a much worse performance than even the most pessimistic anticipated. With the Australian Government looking over its shoulder at the upcoming S&P credit review and maintaining its coveted Triple-A rating, no much help can be expected on the fiscal front.

The effect on AUD/USD was unsurprising, falling from the day’s highs at 7480 to a low of 7415 before a tepid bounce to 7430 where we have spent the rest of the day. Short term support is at 7412 on the hourly chart followed by 7370.


AUD Hourly

The daily chart isn’t looking much better with the failure at 7480 reinforcing a strong resistance line at 7500, multiple daily highs now. Support like the hourly sits at 7412 ascending wedge and then 7370 and  7310.



AUD/NZD fell to 1.0415 before climbing to 1.0445 as Europe opens. The NZD is generally on the front foot at the moment anyway post a strong Global Dairy Auction last night and upgrades to Fonterra’s milk payout forecast.

The daily chart shows strong support now at the 1.0410/15 area which held again this morning. However a daily close below suggests that 1.0350  is possible before the June lows around 1.0240. Resistance sits at the  1.0500 level, 1.0520 and then 1.0530 the 100-day moving average.


AUDNZDDaily [3]

GBP/AUD is now consolidating comfortably above its 100-day moving average at 1.6883 with today move helping that cause. Resistance lies at 1.7150  and the  1.7790. Could GBP/AUD be a predictor of further upside for GBP?

GBPAUDDaily [4]


AUD/CAD, a very interesting chart. Is oil about to go higher? AUD is flirting with major support now in AUD/CAD. 9850 is a triple daily bottom and the 200-day moving average. A close below here would be technically significant indeed. Resistance above is at 9940.



XAU/AUD shows it’s not all bad, though. Or maybe it’s a case of the ugliest horse in the glue factory? Or maybe that XAU/USD has more downside yet to come. Either way though against the AUD, Gold remains very much marooned in its down-channel.



Today’s GDP was to speak Australian for a moment, “a shocker.” It should keep the RBA’s easing bias on the table into Q1 of 2017. With a poor Q4 print almost guaranteeing it. The government has little room to manoeuvre fiscally at the moment and thus the weight of effort must fall to Australian households themselves and the RBA.

Meanwhile, the AUD charts themselves may well be giving the street a clue as to the near term direction of various currencies, commodities and precious metals.

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Jeffrey Halley

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Senior Market Analyst, Asia Pacific
With more than 30 years of FX experience – from spot/margin trading and NDFs through to currency options and futures – Jeffrey Halley is OANDA’s senior market analyst for Asia Pacific, responsible for providing timely and relevant macro analysis covering a wide range of asset classes. He has previously worked with leading institutions such as Saxo Capital Markets, DynexCorp Currency Portfolio Management, IG, IFX, Fimat Internationale Banque, HSBC and Barclays. A highly sought-after analyst, Jeffrey has appeared on a wide range of global news channels including Bloomberg, BBC, Reuters, CNBC, MSN, Sky TV, Channel News Asia as well as in leading print publications including the New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, among others. He was born in New Zealand and holds an MBA from the Cass Business School.
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