AUD/USD extends its upside near 0.6370, eyes on the US NFP


  • AUD/USD gains traction above the mid-0.6300s amid the USD softness.
  • US weekly Initial Jobless Claims for the week ending on September 30 improved to 207K vs. 205K, below expected.
  • Australia’s Trade Balance improved in August, beating the market expectations.
  • Traders await the US Nonfarm Payrolls due later on Friday.

The AUD/USD pair extends its upside for two straight days during the early Asian trading hours on Friday. The upside of the pair is bolstered by the correction of the US Dollar (USD) and a decline in US Treasury yields. Market players await the US employment report for fresh impetus. The pair currently trade around 0.6371, gaining 0.03% on the day.

Meanwhile, the US Dollar Index (DXY) declined to 106.30 after retreating from monthly highs. US Treasury yields also edge lower, with the 10-year Treasury yield dropping to 4.71%.

Data from the US Department of Labor on Thursday revealed that US Initial Jobless Claims for the week ending on September 30 improved to 207K from the previous reading of 205K, below the market expectation of 210K. This figure indicates that labor market conditions remain tight. Furthermore, the US Balance of Trade deficit was $58.3 billion, lower than the expected of $62.3 billion and the $64.7 billion recorded in July.

The US employment data on Friday will be in the spotlight. The Nonfarm Payrolls are expected to rise by 170K while the Unemployment Rate is estimated to decline to 3.7% from 3.8%. The softer figures could trigger a sell-off in the Greenback against its rivals and a rally in Treasury yields.

On the other hand, Australia’s Bureau of Statistics reported on Thursday that the nation’s Trade Balance for August expanded to 9,640 million MoM from July's reading of 8,039 million, beating the market expectations of 8,725 million. The upbeat Australian data lifted the Aussie and acted as a tailwind for the AUD/USD pair.

Following the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) October’s meeting on Tuesday, the central bank decided to maintain the status quo, leaving the key interest rate unchanged at 4.10%. The RBA may hike additional interest rates, with expectations pointing to a peak of 4.35% by the end of the year as the inflation remains above the target.

Looking ahead, the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) will publish the Financial Stability Review, which is unlikely to surprise the market. The highlight will be the US Nonfarm Payrolls and the Unemployment Rate due later in the American session on Friday. Traders will take cues from the figures and find trading opportunities around the AUD/USD pair.

 

AUD/USD

Overview
Today last price 0.6372
Today Daily Change 0.0047
Today Daily Change % 0.74
Today daily open 0.6325
 
Trends
Daily SMA20 0.6406
Daily SMA50 0.646
Daily SMA100 0.6578
Daily SMA200 0.6683
 
Levels
Previous Daily High 0.6342
Previous Daily Low 0.6287
Previous Weekly High 0.6501
Previous Weekly Low 0.6332
Previous Monthly High 0.6522
Previous Monthly Low 0.6332
Daily Fibonacci 38.2% 0.6321
Daily Fibonacci 61.8% 0.6308
Daily Pivot Point S1 0.6294
Daily Pivot Point S2 0.6262
Daily Pivot Point S3 0.6238
Daily Pivot Point R1 0.6349
Daily Pivot Point R2 0.6374
Daily Pivot Point R3 0.6405

 

 

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