AUD/USD clings to gains above 0.6700 as focus shifts to FOMC Chairman Powell

  • Home Loans in Australia increased more than expected in December.
  • US Dollar Index loses traction following sharp rally. 
  • Coming up: FOMC Chairman Powell's testimony before Congress. 

The AUD/USD pair registered modest gains on Monday and extended its rebound during the Asian session on Tuesday. After climbing to a daily high of 0.6720, the pair retraced a small portion of its daily gains and was last seen trading at 0.6708, adding 0.32% on a daily basis. 

Upbeat data lifts AUD on Tuesday

The data published by the Australian Bureau of Statistics revealed that Home Loans in December increased 3.5% following November's contraction of 0.8% and beat the market expectation of +0.7% by a wide margin. Additionally, the National Bank of Australia's Business Confidence Index improved slightly to -1 in January from -2 and the Business Conditions Index remained unchanged at 3.

In the meantime, China Human Resources Ministry reported that the overall job situation in the country was stable amid the coronavirus outbreak and reiterated that the government will continue to support small and medium businesses. 

On the other hand, the US Dollar Index, which advanced to its highest level since early October at 98.91 earlier in the day, has gone into a consolidation phase to help the pair stay in the positive territory.

Ahead of FOMC Chairman Powell's testimony before the Committee on Financial Services of the Congress at 15:00 GMT, the index is down 0.05% on the day at 98.80. 

Technical levels to watch for


Today last price 0.6707
Today Daily Change 0.0026
Today Daily Change % 0.39
Today daily open 0.6681
Daily SMA20 0.6788
Daily SMA50 0.6856
Daily SMA100 0.6831
Daily SMA200 0.6861
Previous Daily High 0.6708
Previous Daily Low 0.6661
Previous Weekly High 0.6775
Previous Weekly Low 0.6662
Previous Monthly High 0.704
Previous Monthly Low 0.6682
Daily Fibonacci 38.2% 0.669
Daily Fibonacci 61.8% 0.6679
Daily Pivot Point S1 0.6659
Daily Pivot Point S2 0.6636
Daily Pivot Point S3 0.6612
Daily Pivot Point R1 0.6706
Daily Pivot Point R2 0.673
Daily Pivot Point R3 0.6753



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