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AUD to USD Forecast: The RBA and Fed Speakers in the Spotlight

By:
Bob Mason
Published: Feb 6, 2024, 23:55 UTC

The RBA remains in the spotlight, after the more hawkish-than-expected stance on interest rates. However, Fed speakers could move the AUD/USD.

AUD to USD Forecast

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Highlights

  • The AUD/USD gained 0.62% on Tuesday, ending the session at $0.65231.
  • A more hawkish-than-expected RBA stance on monetary policy delivered the gains.
  • On Wednesday, the RBA Pack, China, and Fed speakers need consideration.

Tuesday Overview of the AUD/USD

The AUD/USD gained 0.62% on Tuesday. Reversing a 0.44% loss from Monday, the Australian dollar ended the session at $0.65231. The Australian dollar fell to a low of $0.64781 before rising to a high of $0.65250.

The RBA Remains Under the Spotlight

On Wednesday, the RBA remains under the spotlight. The RBA delivered a more hawkish-than-expected stance on monetary policy on Tuesday. Discussions about rate hikes supported an Aussie dollar return to the $0.65 handle.

Later this morning, the RBA Chart Pack warrants investor attention. The Chart Pack considers the financial markets, macroeconomic economic environment, and key trading partners.

On Tuesday, RBA Governor Michele Bullock noted the RBA factored weakness in the Chinese economy into its growth forecasts. The Chart Pack could provide more RBA insights about the economic outlook and the RBA rate path.

Earlier this morning, private sector data from Australia signaled a weakening industrial sector. The Ai Group Industry Index declined from -22.4 to -27.3 in January. Economists forecast a reading of -26.0. However, the numbers had a limited impact on the Aussie dollar.

The sector contributes less than 30% to the economy. On Tuesday, RBA Governor Bullock focused on the services sector, discussing the influence of service sector trends on inflation and growth.

US Economic Calendar: Trade Data and the Fed

On Wednesday, US trade data will draw investor interest. Economists forecast the trade deficit to narrow from $63.2 billion to $62.2 billion in December. Investors must also consider import and export numbers.

The US remains an important trading partner for advanced and developing economies. Improving trade terms could signal an improving global macroeconomic environment.

Nonetheless, the numbers will unlikely influence investor bets on a May Fed rate cut. The focus remains on the US labor market and consumption and inflation trends.

Beyond the numbers, investors must track FOMC member speeches throughout the session. FOMC voting members Adriana Kugler and Thomas Barkin are on the calendar to speak. Non-voting member Susan Collins will also deliver a speech on Wednesday. Reactions to the recent US Jobs Report and ISM Services PMI numbers and views on interest rates would move the dial.

Short-Term Forecast

Short-term trends in AUD/USD hinge on central bank commentary and China. Weakness in the Chinese economy and hawkish Fed speeches could tilt monetary policy divergence toward the US dollar.

AUD/USD Price Action

Daily Chart

The AUD/USD remained below the 50-day and 200-day EMAs, sending bearish price signals. Significantly, the 50-day EMA narrowed to the 200-day EMA. A bearish cross would confirm the bearish near-term price trend.

An AUD/USD return to the $0.65500 handle would support a move to the EMAs and $0.66162 resistance level.

The RBA, China, and the Fed need consideration on Wednesday.

However, a break below the $0.64900 support level would give the bears a run at the trend line.

A 14-period Daily RSI reading of 39.39 suggests an AUD/USD drop below the $0.64900 support level before entering oversold territory.

AUD to USD Daily Chart sends bearish price signals.
AUDUSD 070224 Daily Chart

4-Hourly Chart

The AUD/USD sat below the 50-day and 200-day EMAs, affirming the bearish price signals.

An AUD/USD break above the 50-day EMA would support a move toward the 200-day EMA and the $0.66162 resistance level.

However, a fall through the $0.64900 support level would give the bears a run at the trend line.

The 14-period 4-Hourly RSI at 49.23 suggests an AUD/USD break below the trend line before entering oversold territory.

4-Hourly Chart affirms bearish price signals.
AUDUSD 070224 4-Hourly Chart

About the Author

Bob Masonauthor

With over 20 years of experience in the finance industry, Bob has been managing regional teams across Europe and Asia and focusing on analytics across both corporate and financial institutions. Currently he is covering developments relating to the financial markets, including currencies, commodities, alternative asset classes, and global equities.

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