AUD/USD: Retracement in US yields provides scope for further gains – MUFG


The Australian dollar, like all G10 currencies, gained versus the US dollar in April as the AUD/USD pair rose from 0.7610 to 0.7706. AUD outlook remains positive as higher commodity prices continue to favour a stronger aussie, economists at MUFG Bank report. 

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“While the RBA at its meeting was strongly committed to maintaining the current monetary stance according to minutes from the meeting, there remains a sense that the RBA’s stance will inevitably shift ahead of the Fed’s.” 

“The minutes acknowledged the benefits of its stance on ‘contributing to a lower exchange rate than otherwise’ and we see the RBA as content with slowing AUD gains. With the highest 10-year yield on offer in the G10, it will be difficult to completely avoid currency appreciation.” 

“Iron ore prices increased by nearly 20% in April and are up 159% from a year ago levels. With Asia leading the way with booming annual growth confirmed in China, Australia is well placed to benefit from a terms of trade perspective.” 

“Consumer Confidence, the employment data and retail sales were all stronger than expected, which will help sustain a positive outlook and provide support for AUD.”

“Assuming there is no repetition of the dramatic jump in US yields in Q1, we continue to expect AUD/USD to grind slowly higher.”

 

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