AUD/USD Technical: Potential minor countertrend rebound in progress

  • Medium-term downtrend phase of AUD/USD has reached an oversold condition with downside momentum easing.
  • Key short-term support to watch will be at 0.6385.
  • Intermediate resistance at 0.6490.

The price actions of AUD/USD have been oscillating in a medium-term downtrend phase in place since the 17 July 2023 high which has been reinforced by the bearish breakdown of its former medium-term ascending trendline support from 13 October 2022 low on 9 August 2023.

So far, the AUD/USD has plummeted by -530 pips from its 17 July 2023 high to its 17 August 2023 low of 0.6365, and the recent four weeks of decline have led to an oversold condition in terms of price actions.

Medium-term downside momentum has shown signs of easing

Fig 1:  AUD/USD medium-term trend as of 28 Aug 2023 (Source: TradingView, click to enlarge chart)

The daily RSI oscillator of the AUD/USD, a gauge that measures momentum, oversold, and overbought conditions on price actions reached an oversold condition recently on 17 August 2023 and shaped a bullish divergence condition (a higher low) thereafter on last Friday, 25 August.

These observations suggest that the downside momentum of the ongoing medium-term downtrend of AUD/USD may have eased which supports a potential imminent minor countertrend/consolidation phase.

These positive elements have also occurred at a key support of 0.6385 that coincided with the 10 November 2022 low and the 76.4% Fibonacci retracement of the prior medium-term up move from 13 October 2022 low to 2 February 2023 high.

Watch minor range resistance at 0.6490

Fig 2:  AUD/USD minor short-term trend as of 28 Aug 2023 (Source: TradingView, click to enlarge chart)

Since its 17 August 2023 low, the price actions of AUD/USD have started to evolve into a minor range configuration with its key short-term pivotal support at 0.6385 and respective minor range resistance at 0.6490 (also the 20-day moving average).

A clearance above 0.6490 sees the next resistances coming in at 0.6510 and 0.6600 (5 August/10 August 2023 minor swing highs areas, pull-back resistance of the former medium-term ascending trendline support from 13 October 2022 low & the 50-day moving average).

However, failure to hold the 0.6385 key short-term support invalidates the minor countertrend rebound scenario for a continuation of the impulsive down move sequence of the medium-term downtrend phase towards the next supports at 0.6310 and 0.6270 in the first step.

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Kelvin Wong

Kelvin Wong

Senior Market Analyst, OANDA at OANDA
Based in Singapore, Kelvin Wong is a well-established senior global macro strategist with over 15 years of experience trading and providing market research on foreign exchange, stock markets, and commodities. Passionate about connecting the dots in the financial markets and sharing perspectives around trading and investment, Kelvin Wong is an expert in using a unique combination of fundamental and technical analyses, specializing in Elliott Wave and fund flow positioning, to pinpoint key reversal levels in the financial markets. In addition, over the last ten years, Kelvin has conducted numerous market outlook and trading-related seminars, as well as technical analysis training courses, for thousands of retail traders.