- AUD/USD is rising sharply after closing in the green on Thursday.
- US Dollar Index continues to push lower on Friday.
- Focus shits to preliminary Manufacturing and Services PMI data from US.
The AUD/USD pair registered small daily gains on Thursday and stayed relatively quiet during the Asian trading hours on Friday. With the greenback struggling to find demand, however, the pair gained traction in the early European session and jumped to its highest level since March 2018 at 0.7839. As of writing, the pair was up 0.9% on the day at 0.7837.
USD remains on the back foot
Earlier in the day, the data published by the Australian Bureau of Statistics revealed that Retail Sales in January rose by 0.6% on a monthly basis and missed the market expectation for an increase of 2%. Nevertheless, this report was largely ignored by the market participants.
The positive shift seen in risk sentiment seems to be weighing on the greenback on Friday. Reflecting the broad-based USD weakness, the US Dollar Index is currently down 0.36% on the day at 90.26. Meanwhile, the S&P 500 Futures are up 0.3% on the day, suggesting that risk flows are likely to continue to dominate the financial markets in the second half of the day.
Later in the day, the IHS Markit will release February's preliminary Services and Manufacturing PMI reports for the US. January Existing Home Sales data will be featured in the US economic docket as well.
Technical levels to watch for
|Today last price||0.7839|
|Today Daily Change||0.0071|
|Today Daily Change %||0.91|
|Today daily open||0.7768|
|Previous Daily High||0.7791|
|Previous Daily Low||0.773|
|Previous Weekly High||0.7773|
|Previous Weekly Low||0.765|
|Previous Monthly High||0.782|
|Previous Monthly Low||0.7592|
|Daily Fibonacci 38.2%||0.7768|
|Daily Fibonacci 61.8%||0.7754|
|Daily Pivot Point S1||0.7735|
|Daily Pivot Point S2||0.7702|
|Daily Pivot Point S3||0.7674|
|Daily Pivot Point R1||0.7796|
|Daily Pivot Point R2||0.7824|
|Daily Pivot Point R3||0.7856|
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