- AUD/USD clings to the 0.7280-90 range despite broad-US dollar strength.
- China’s Evergrande worries ease, lifting the market sentiment.
- Fed’s Williams and Brainard supporting bond-tapering.
During the European session, the AUD/USD dipped to 0.7248, but the pair advanced as American traders got to their desks. The AUD/USD is up 0.40% during the day, trading at 0.7290 at the time of writing.
As the day progresses, the market mood is in risk-on mode. Investors’ appetite for riskier assets weighs on safe-haven currencies, except for the greenback. The US Dollar Index (DXY), which measures the buck’s performance against six peers, records gains of 0.10%, currently at 93.37.
The lack of economic news out of Australia was not an excuse for AUD/USD rise. Despite lockdown measures applied since the Delta variant outbreak, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison signaled that the virus-led border restrictions among the states would not be eased unless the country hits an 80% full vaccination target.
Further, Evergrande’s woes faded throughout the weekend, keeping the market calm. The People’s Bank of China injected more cash into the banking system as the Shenzen government began investigating the real-estate giant, signaling that authorities could move to contain contagion risks.
Putting this aside, across the pond, the Durable Good Orders for August rose by 1.8% versus a 0.7% expected. Meanwhile, Nondefense Capital Goods Orders excluding Aircraft expanded 0.5% more than the 0.4%. Investors slightly ignored the report as Fed speakers hit the wires.
New York’s Fed President Williams and Fed’s Governor Lael Brainard hit the wires
The New York Fed’s President John C. Williams commented that the Federal Reserve might soon start to reduce the pace of its asset purchases if the economy continues to improve as expected. “Assuming the economy continues to improve as I anticipate, a moderation in the pace of asset purchases may soon be warranted,” Williams said.
On Wednesday of the last week, Fed’s Chairman Jerome Powell said that the economy is one “decent” monthly jobs report short of meeting the threshold for tapering and will likely begin to do so in November.
Meanwhile, according to wires, Fed’s Governor Lael Brainard, whose posture is dovish, said that if hiring continues “as I hope” the economy “may soon meet the mark,” that would warrant reducing the bond purchasing program. Brainard added, “we need to be humble about our ability to correctly anticipate future economic conditions given the unpredictability of the virus.”
KEY TECHNICAL LEVELS TO WATCH
|Today last price||0.729|
|Today Daily Change||0.0029|
|Today Daily Change %||0.40|
|Today daily open||0.7261|
|Previous Daily High||0.7317|
|Previous Daily Low||0.7235|
|Previous Weekly High||0.7317|
|Previous Weekly Low||0.7219|
|Previous Monthly High||0.7427|
|Previous Monthly Low||0.7106|
|Daily Fibonacci 38.2%||0.7266|
|Daily Fibonacci 61.8%||0.7286|
|Daily Pivot Point S1||0.7225|
|Daily Pivot Point S2||0.7189|
|Daily Pivot Point S3||0.7143|
|Daily Pivot Point R1||0.7307|
|Daily Pivot Point R2||0.7353|
|Daily Pivot Point R3||0.7389|
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