The AUD/USD pair faded mixed Australian jobs data-led bullish spike to 3-month highs and slipped below 0.7700 handle before recovering few pips to currently trade in neutral territory, around 0.7710-05 band.
During early Asian session on Thursday, the pair gained some fresh traction after better-than-expected rise in the number of employed people during the month of January and a downtick in the unemployment rate. The pair, however, lost its upside momentum as markets seemed disappointed by the details that revealed a drop in full-time employment and strong headline number was primarily driven by a jump in part-time employment.
Meanwhile, a follow through US Dollar retracement, amid lack of buying interest, lent some support, while a pull-back in the US treasury bond yields further underpinned demand for higher-yielding currencies - like the Aussie, and collaborated towards limiting any further downslide for the major.
Market focus now shifts to a slew of second tier US economic releases – weekly jobless claims, housing starts, building permits and Philly Fed manufacturing index, which would be looked upon to grab some short-term trading opportunities ahead of RBA monetary policy meeting minutes during early Asian session on Friday.
Technical levels to watch
Sustained weakness below 0.7700 handle could get extended towards 0.7680-75 horizontal support below which the pair is likely to head towards 0.7655-50 support area, en-route 0.7625 support area.
Meanwhile on the upside, renewed strength above 0.7720-25 area now seems to pave way for continuation of the pair’s near-term upward trajectory towards Nov. 2016 daily closing highs resistance near 0.7760 region ahead of 0.7780 resistance.
- R3 0.7777
- R2 0.7737
- R1 0.7697
- PP 0.7657
- S1 0.7617
- S2 0.7577
- S3 0.7537