Aussie dollar under pressure

SYDNEY]The Australian dollar fell to four-month lows on Thursday, while the New Zealand dollar was vulnerable after the Federal Reserve remained upbeat on economic growth, setting a fire under the US dollar.

The Australian dollar skidded to US$0.7408, its lowest since mid-January, having dropped around a US cent and a half on Wednesday. It has lost 1 per cent so far this week, largely due to a shakeout in Aussie long positions.

“A break of the US$0.7400 level will send the Aussie longs running for the exit and could add more fuel to the downside momentum,” said Stephen Innes, a senior trader at OANDA.

The next level of support was found at US$0.7385, the 61.8 per cent retracement of the January-February move.

Much of the Aussie weakness came after the Fed made positive comments on the job market, reinforcing expectations of a rate hike in June.

Also undermining the Aussie was a sharp 6.5 per cent fall in iron ore on Wednesday. Iron ore is Australia’s top export earner.

Markets found little comfort from a lower-than-expected Australian trade surplus, which slowed to A$3.1 billion in March from A$3.6 billion in February.

The Business Times via Reuters

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Stephen Innes

Stephen Innes

Head of Trading APAC at OANDA
Stephen has over 25 years of experience in the financial markets and currently based in Singapore as the Head of Trading Asia Pacific with OANDA. Stephen's market views focus on the movement of G-10 and ASEAN Currencies. His views appear in Bloomberg, CNBC.Reuters, New York Times WSJ and the Economist. His media appearances include Bloomberg TV & Radio, BBC International, Sky TV, Channel News Asia, ASTRO AWANI and BFM Malaysia. Stephen has an extensive trading experience in Spot and Forward FX, Currency and Interest Rate Futures, Money Market Derivatives and Precious Metals. Before joining OANDA, he worked with organisations like Nat West, Chemical Bank, Garvin Guy Butler, and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation. Stephen was born in Glasgow, Scotland, and holds a Degree in Economics from the University of Western Ontario.
Stephen Innes