The Australian Dollar is up nearly 4% off the yearly lows with the rally breaking through yearly down-trend resistance this week. Here are the updated targets and invalidation levels that matter on the AUD/USD charts this week. Review this week’s Strategy Webinar for an in-depth breakdown of this setup and more.
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AUD/USD Daily Price Chart
Technical Outlook: In my latest AUD/USD Weekly Technical Outlook we highlighted a multi-month resistance slope in price with our ‘bottom line’ favoring the long-side while above the low-day close at 7087. A breach above confluence resistance at 7239 yesterday has clears the way for a larger advance with our focus higher in Aussie while above the trendline confluence around ~7160 (yellow).
Initial daily resistance stands at 7327/36 with a breach / close above the upper 50-line targeting a more significant zone at 7446/56 where the 38.2% retracement of the yearly range and the May low-day close converge on pitchfork resistance (note the 200-day moving average just higher).
AUD/USD 240min Price Chart
Notes: A closer look at price action shows AUD/USD trading within the confines of a slope series originating off the late-October lows (red). Initial support rests at back at 7239 with our near-term focus higher while above the lower parallel / weekly open support at 7191.A break below 7160 would beneeded to suggest a more significant high is in place. Look for a breach above 7336 to fuel the next leg targeting 7374 and key resistance at 7446/56.
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Bottom line: AUD/USD has broken above multi-month slope resistance and although the broader outlook remains constructive, the advance may be vulnerable near-term while below 7327/36. From a trading standpoint, we’ll continue to favor fading weakness while above weekly open support targeting a breach of the October highs. A break lower would invalidate the reversal play with such a scenario exposing a drop back towards the yearly low-day close at 7086 (note monthly open comes in at 7072).
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AUD/USD Trader Sentiment
- A summary of IG Client Sentiment shows traders are net-long AUD/USD – the ratio stands at +1.03 (50.6% of traders are long) – neutral reading
- Long positions are 2.0% lower than yesterday and 18.2% lower from last week
- Short positions are 10.8% higher than yesterday and 45.8% higher from last week
- We typically take a contrarian view to crowd sentiment, and the fact traders are net-long suggests AUD/USD prices may continue to fall. Yet traders are less net-long than yesterday and compared with last week and the recent changes in sentiment warn that the current AUD/USD price trend may soon reverse higher despite the fact traders remain net-long.
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– Written by Michael Boutros, Currency Strategist with DailyFX
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Traders Net-Short Are 63.3% Higher from Last Week
TRADERS REMAIN NET-SHORT
US 500: Retail trader data shows 24.6% of traders are net-long with the ratio of traders short to long at 3.07 to 1. In fact, traders have remained net-short since Jan 07 when US 500 traded near 2473.53; price has moved 11.9% higher since then. The number of traders net-long is 1.7% higher than yesterday and 1.6% lower from last week, while the number of traders net-short is 5.2% higher than yesterday and 63.3% higher from last week.
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S&P 500 SUGGESTS STRONG BULLISH BIAS
We typically take a contrarian view to crowd sentiment, and the fact traders are net-short suggests US 500 prices may continue to rise. Traders are further net-short than yesterday and last week, and the combination of current sentiment and recent changes gives us a stronger US 500-bullish contrarian trading bias.
— Written by Nancy Pakbaz, CFA, DailyFX Research
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On to the Next Big Levels of Resistance
S&P 500/Dow Jones/Nasdaq 100 Technical Highlights:
- S&P 500 nearing 2800-area, several swing-highs from last year
- Dow Jones 26k-ish stands between it and record highs
- Nasdaq 100 trading around resistance already
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S&P 500 nearing 2800-area, several swing-highs from last year
The S&P 500 is continuing to show impressive strength since its v-bottom began the day after Christmas, with it having a few points along the way where it could have been stopped in its tracks. But it wasn’t, and this has levels prior to the December swoon in view. The area surrounding 2800 is a big one.
From 2800 up to 2817 there were three peaks created from failed rallies, a logical area, with the rally having come this far, to look for stocks to weaken from. Watching price action will be key, as always, but especially around the levels just ahead.
While resistance looks likely to get tested soon, the upward channel structure over the past month will keep stocks pointed higher for as long as it holds. If the S&P is rejected off resistance, to further bolster the notion of a sizable retracement we’ll need to see the underside parallel undermined.
For now, the top-side must be respected, but the time for material weakness may be nearing…
Stocks are rallying, but will it last in the long-term? Find out where our analysts see stocks headed in the Global Equities Forecast.
S&P 500 Daily Chart (2800/817 big spot)
Dow Jones 26k-ish stands between it and record highs
The Dow is nearing the 26k-area, a spot which is basically the equivalent of what 2800 is to the S&P 500. The zone runs up to near 26300. The focus is primarily on the S&P right now as it is the broader index, but depending on how price action plays out, the Dow may be the better index to short at some point if it shows relative weakness to the broader market.
Dow Daily Chart (26k-ish stands in the way)
Nasdaq 100 trading around resistance already
The Nasdaq 100 continues to lag behind, which is something to continue monitor given it was the bull-market leader with its leading group of stocks – FAANG – dominating price action and sentiment. The NDX is trading around the 200-day and near late-year swing highs equivalent to the ones discussed with regard to the S&P 500 and Dow. So far, relative weakness is making the 100 the preferred fade if the S&P finds material selling off resistance surrounding 2800/17.
Nasdaq 100 Daily Chart (trading around resistance)
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Aussie Dollar Falls on RBA Minutes, US-China Trade Talks Eyed
TALKING POINTS – AUSSIE DOLLAR, RBA MINUTES, ZEW, TRADE WARS, CHINA
- Aussie Dollar, commodity bloc FX down on downbeat RBA meeting minutes
- Germany’s ZEW survey may compound worries about slowing global growth
- Trade wars in focus on US-China negotiations, fears of US auto tariff hike
The sentiment-linked Australian, Canadian and New Zealand Dollars weakened in otherwise quiet Asia Pacific trade. The move appeared to be inspired by an ominous tone in minutes from February’s RBA policy meeting. Meanwhile, the US Dollar corrected gently higher.
RBA officials cited “significant uncertainties”, noting that trade tensions and cooling domestic demand have increased negative knock-on risks from China. They added that consumption may fall if domestic house prices fall much further. They suffered the worst drop since 1983 in the three months through January.
TRADE WAR DEVELOPMENTS, GERMAN ZEW DATA MENACE MARKETS
Looking ahead, Germany’s ZEW survey of analyst sentiment may compound the downbeat mood, especially if it echoes the disappointing trend in regional data outcomes since September. A small improvement in the forward-looking Expectations index is nevertheless expected to keep it within a hair of six-year lows.
The tone of US-China trade negotiations may also be formative as a delegation from Beijing arrives in the US for continued talks. Both sides painted a rosy picture earlier in the week, but the Trump administration may be preparing a spoiler as the President ponders raising auto import tariffs.
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