AUDUSD NEWS : AUDUSD extends pullback from six-month-old resistance on softer China data


AUDUSD NEWS : AUDUSD extends pullback from six-month-old resistance on softer China data

  • AUD/USD renews intraday low during the first negative day in three.
  • China Retail Sales, Industrial Production flashed downbeat figures for November.
  • US Dollar pares post-Fed losses as market sentiment dwindles ahead of the key central bank announcements.
  • US Retail Sales, risk catalysts are also important for fresh impulse.

AUDUSD NEWS : AUD/USD takes offers to refresh intraday low near 0.6850 as downbeat statistics from China favor the Aussie pair’s technical move during early Thursday. That said, the quote snaps a two-day uptrend while printing mild losses near the highest levels in three months, marked on Tuesday.

China’s Retail Sales slumped to -5.9% in November versus -3.6% expected and -0.5% prior, while Industrial Production came in at 2.2% compared to 3.3% market forecasts and 5.0% previous readings. The disappointing data from Australia’s largest customer joined the recent US dollar rebound ahead of the key central bank announcements to weigh on the AUD/USD prices.

Earlier in the day, Australia’s Consumer Inflation Expectations dropped to 5.2% for December versus 5.7% expected and 6.0% prior. A jump in Employment Change and static Unemployment Rate allowed the Australia Dollar (AUD) to stay firmer.

AUDUSD NEWS : It should be noted that the market’s reassessment of the Fed verdict, suggesting 50 bps rate hike and readiness to hold the rate higher for a longer period, could also be cited as a reason for the US Dollar’s latest rebound. That said, the US Dollar Index (DXY) pares recent losses around 103.75 while bouncing off one-month-old support, as well as the six-month low.

While portraying the mood, S&P 500 Futures remain directionless but the US 10-year Treasury bond yields probe a two-day downtrend near 3.50%. Further, the two-year counterpart also extends recovery from the monthly low while printing the first daily positive near 4.25% in three.

Looking forward, monetary policy announcements from the Swiss National Bank (SNB), European Central Bank (ECB) and the Bank of England (BOE) will be important to predict the market’s intraday directions. Should the central banks retreat from their hawkish moves, the US Dollar may witness further upside and can weigh on the AUD/USD prices.  

Technical analysis

Although the downward-sloping resistance line from June, near 0.6880 by the press time, triggered the AUD/USD pair’s U-turn from a multi-day high, November’s peak surrounding 0.6800 holds the key to welcome bears.

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