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Market Watch AUD/USD: Australian Dollar Amidst PMI Concerns

AUD/USD Australian Dollar PMI

Stay informed on the Australian Dollar trend. Despite weak PMI data, AUD/USD is resilient with positive China news and USD weakness.

Key Points

  • Australian PMI data disappoints, with manufacturing and services metrics hitting yearly lows, entering contractionary territory.
  • Despite weak domestic indicators, positive developments in China and a weaker USD support the Australian dollar.
  • Thanksgiving Day brings no significant high-impact data; AUD/USD faces critical resistance at the 200-day MA.

Market Watch: Australian Dollar Amidst PMI Concerns

  • The morning started with disappointing PMI data from Judo Bank, with manufacturing and services metrics at yearly lows, indicating contraction.
  • The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) meeting minutes emphasize concerns about inflation and the potential for further interest rate hikes.

Positive Developments in China and Weaker USD

  • China’s announcement of financial aid to distressed property developers boosts the AUD, strengthening its position in the market.
  • With a weakening USD and optimistic Chinese sentiment, key Australian commodity exports are rising, supporting the Australian dollar.
  • Shift in rate expectations, with a higher probability of a rate hike in 2024.

US Dollar Perspective

  • Adverse market reaction ensues as lower durable goods orders and Michigan consumer sentiment trigger, despite noting a pullback in initial jobless claims.
  • Expectations foresee that Thanksgiving Day in the US will likely keep volatility and trading volume minimal in financial markets, maintaining a state of relative calm in the AUD/USD pair.

Technical Analysis

  • AUD/USD daily price struggles to breach the 200-day moving average resistance, possibly indicating signs of fatigue.
  • Approach to the overbought Relative Strength Index (RSI) region suggests caution.
  • Tuesday’s long upper wick close could signal a potential downside, with next week’s Australian and US inflation data influencing short-term directional bias.

Key Levels

  • Resistance: 200-day MA at 0.6596
  • Support: 0.6500, 0.6459, 50-day MA at 0.6358

IG Client Sentiment Data (AUD/USD)

Retail traders on IG are currently net LONG on AUD/USD, with 59% of traders holding long positions.

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