AUD/USD lingers under 0.6700 mark as anticipation mounts for Fed decision


  • AUD/USD hovers below 0.6700 mark as market anticipates a 25 bps hike from Fed.
  • Fed dueling priorities between inflation vs. banking turmoil.
  • Market sentiment shifts as investors weigh the possibility of a further rate hike. 

AUD/USD rebounded from Tuesday's low at 0.6650 as sentiment shifted and risk appetite increased. The pair remains in consolidation as traders await the Federal Reserve (Fed) policy decision.

Amid the ongoing banking turmoil, US authorities have introduced liquidity injection plans sequentially. The Fed has implemented the discount window and swap line to mitigate ongoing challenges, followed by strong support from US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen.

Efforts by US Treasury Secretary Yellen to calm nerves seemed to be effective as bank shares rallied on Tuesday. US government officials are also considering increasing the limit on deposit insurance for all small banks, despite opposition from some US senators.

Tuesday's price action could signal a change in investors' mood and increase their appetite for another 25 basis point (bps) rate hike from the Fed.

Diminishing concerns about banking turmoil suggest that central banks can refocus on taming inflation, resulting in an increased probability of a 25 bps rate hike from the Fed. As the FOMC meeting approaches, this meeting will be crucial. 

Two opposing forces are at play: one advocating for continued rate hikes until inflation is under control and the other urging a pause amid worsening banking conditions. Observing the Fed's priority during this challenging situation will be important.

Traders should exercise extra caution heading into the FOMC meeting. Investors may interpret the Fed policy statement differently, and initial reactions could be reversed during Fed Chair Powell's press conference.

Since the summary of economic projections was conducted before the banking turmoil, attention will be focused on the dot plots, forward guidance, and press conference. AUD/USD will likely reflect the risk sentiment during the Fed policy decision.

Levels to watch

AUD/USD

Overview
Today last price 0.6691
Today Daily Change 0.0022
Today Daily Change % 0.33
Today daily open 0.6669
 
Trends
Daily SMA20 0.6693
Daily SMA50 0.6862
Daily SMA100 0.6783
Daily SMA200 0.6763
 
Levels
Previous Daily High 0.6726
Previous Daily Low 0.665
Previous Weekly High 0.6725
Previous Weekly Low 0.6579
Previous Monthly High 0.7158
Previous Monthly Low 0.6698
Daily Fibonacci 38.2% 0.6679
Daily Fibonacci 61.8% 0.6697
Daily Pivot Point S1 0.6637
Daily Pivot Point S2 0.6605
Daily Pivot Point S3 0.656
Daily Pivot Point R1 0.6714
Daily Pivot Point R2 0.6758
Daily Pivot Point R3 0.679

 

 

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