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AUD/USD Rollercoaster: RBA Surprise Decision and What Lies Ahead!

AUD/USD RBA

RBA holds rates at 4.35%, and AUD faces pressure: AUD/USD market analysis, economic indicators, and technical outlook for traders.

In a highly anticipated move, the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) opted to maintain the current interest rates at 4.35%, signaling a potential peak in the rate cycle. The decision follows a recent rate uptick due to inflationary pressures, rising housing prices, and a tight labor market. However, softer monthly CPI data and the lagged effects of restrictive monetary policies have slightly weakened the labor market and housing prices.

The Australian dollar (AUD) experienced a slip as the RBA’s decision unfolded, with bears testing the 200-day moving average. In the past week, money markets have factored in approximately 13 basis points of additional cumulative rate cuts by December 2024. Despite this, there is room for a further hike if deemed necessary. Analysts suggest a data-dependent approach from the RBA, but concerns about the robust jobs market may influence a dovish repricing shortly.

AUD/USD Rollercoaster: RBA Surprise Decision and What Lies Ahead!

The Judo Bank PMI data, unveiled ahead of the RBA announcement, clearly signals a decelerating Australian economy. Notably, it indicated a further decline into contractionary territory, exacerbating concerns as it reached yearly lows. Additionally, the current account for Q3 entered negative figures for the first time since Q3 2022, indicating potential challenges for economic growth. Attention now turns to the US ISM services PMI and JOLTs data, with market participants gearing up for Friday’s upcoming Non-Farm Payrolls (NFP) report.

The AUD/USD daily price action reveals resistance at the trendline and a retreat from overbought levels on the Relative Strength Index (RSI). The 200-day moving average currently provides support, but a break below could occur if upcoming ISM and JOLTs data exceed expectations. Ongoing geopolitical tensions in the Middle East contribute to a cautious market sentiment, potentially favoring USD strength.

Key Levels

  • Trendline Resistance: 0.6700

Key Support Levels

  • 200-day MA: 0.6596
  • 50-day MA: 0.6459
  • Additional Support: 0.6358

Retail Trader Sentiment

IG Client Sentiment Data indicates a bearish stance among retail traders for AUD/USD, with 61% holding long positions. This sentiment reflects cautious optimism amidst the evolving economic landscape and geopolitical uncertainties.

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