AUD/USD – Aussie rises as risk appetite improves, CPI next

The Australian dollar is trading at 0.6672 in Europe, up 0.39%. Australian retail sales posted a weak gain of 0.2% and the quarterly CPI release is next. The banking crisis has eased a bit and risk currencies like the Aussie are in positive territory today.

RBA keeping eye on retail sales and inflation ahead of rate meeting

The markets were braced for a sharp deceleration in retail sales for February, but the meagre 0.2% gain missed the estimate of 0.4% and follows a strong gain of a revised 1.8% in January. Consumers are holding tighter to their wallets as the double whammy of rising interest rates and high inflation has dampened consumer spending.

RBA Governor Lowe said that this week’s retail sales and inflation release will be key factors in the rate decision on April 4th. The strong drop in retail sales supports the case for the Reserve Bank of Australia to take a pause. As for inflation, it is expected to drop to 7.1% in February, down from 7.4% in February. If the release is higher than the forecast, the RBA will be under pressure to raise rates at next week’s meeting. Another factor that Lowe will have to consider is the banking crisis, as central banks will need to think twice before raising rates since it puts further stress on the banking system. The markets have priced in a pause at 86%, with the likelihood of a 25 bp increase of only 13%.


AUD/USD Technical

  • AUD/USD is testing resistance at 0.6676. Above, there is resistance at 0.6728.
  • There is support at 0.6565 and 0.6402

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Kenny Fisher

Kenny Fisher

Market Analyst at OANDA
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, Seeking Alpha and FXStreet. Based in Israel, Kenny has been a MarketPulse contributor since 2012.