Trading the News: Australia Wage Price Index (WPI)
Another 2.3% print for Australia’s Wage Price Index (WPI) may do little to curb the recent decline in AUD/USD as it puts pressure on the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) to implement a rate-cut in 2019.
The RBA may continue to strike a dovish tone at the next meeting on June 4 amid the threat for below-target price growth, and the central bank may take additional steps to insulate the economy as ‘a further improvement in the labour market was likely to be needed for inflation to be consistent with the target.’ In turn, signs of subdued wage growth may produce headwinds for the Australia dollar as it spurs bets for an imminent rate-cut, and the central bank may have little choice but to reestablish its easing-cycle especially as the U.S. and China, Australia’s largest trading partner, struggle to reach a trade deal.
However, an unexpected pickup in the WPI may generate a short-term rebound in AUD/USD as it encourages Governor Philip Lowe & Co. to be patient and retain a wait-and-see approach for monetary policy. Sign up and join DailyFX Currency Strategist David Song LIVE for an opportunity to discuss key themes and potential trade setups surrounding foreign exchange markets.
Impact that Australia’s WPI had on AUD/USD during the previous release
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4Q 2018 Australia Wage Price Index (WPI)
AUD/USD 10-Minute Chart
Australia’s Wage Price Index (CPI) held steady at 2.3% in the fourth-quarter of 2018, with the gauge indicating a 0.5% expansion on a quarter over quarter basis amid projections for a 0.6% print. A deeper look at the report showed wages in arts and recreation services increasing 2.8% compared to the 2.3% expansion in the third-quarter, while earnings for IT telecommunications narrowed to 1.5% from 1.8% during the same period.
The mixed prints sparked a limited reaction in the Australian dollar, with AUD/USD largely consolidating throughout the day to close at 0.7164. Learn more with the DailyFX Advanced Guide for Trading the News.
AUD/USD Rate Daily Chart
- The AUD/USD rebound following the currency market flash-crash has been capped by the 200-Day SMA (0.7156), with the exchange rate marking another failed attempt to break/close above the moving average in April.
- AUD/USD may continue to give back the rebound from the 2019-low (0.6745) as the wedge/triangle formation in both price and the Relative Strength Index (RSI) unravels, with the break/close below the 0.6950 (61.8% expansion) area opening up the Fibonacci overlap around 0.6850 (78.6% expansion) to 0.6880 (23.6% retracement) followed by the 0.6730 (100% expansion) area.
- Will keep a close eye on the RSI as it approaches oversold territory, with a break below 30 raising the risk for a further decline in the exchange rate as the bearish momentum gathers pace.
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Weekly Trade Levels for US Dollar, Euro, Sterling, Loonie, Gold & Oil
DXY, Euro, Loonie Monthly Opening-Ranges Intact
The US Dollar Index is trading into the monthly opening-range highs into the start of the week and the focus is a reaction around the 98.05/10 resistance zone- note that the monthly ranges in Euro and Loonie also remain intact. In this webinar we review updated technical setups on DXY, EUR/USD, USD/CAD, GBP/USD, Crude Oil (WTI), Gold, USD/JPY, AUD/USD, EUR/AUD & SPX.
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Key Trade Levels in Focus
DXY – Immediate focus is on topside resistance at 98.05/10. Initial support at 97.87 with near-term bullish invalidation raised to 97.71.
EUR/USD – Euro is coiling into the monthly opening-range just above slope support. Immediate focus is on support at 1.1140. Initial resistance at 1.1187 with near-term bearish invalidation at monthly-open resistance at 1.1215– look for a bigger reaction there IF reached. A break lower would expose 1.1110.
GBP/USD – Sterling broke below multi-month slope support last week with price responding to near-term pitchfork support into the open. Initial resistance at 1.2798 with bearish invalidation at 1.2859. Downside support objectives at the August low-day close at 1.2697 and the 100% extension at 1.2662.
Gold – Risk for near-term recovery while above the yearly / monthly low-day close at 1270. Initial resistance at 1280 with near-term bearish invalidation with the monthly open a 1283.
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AUDUSD Soars on Shock Election, Apple Shares Slump, Risk of S&P 500 Drop
AUD: The Aussie outperforms following a shock election outcome, in which Prime Minister Scott Morrison secured re-election (full story). In reaction, the Aussie gapped higher at the Asia open, reclaiming the 0.69 handle against the greenback. However, as equity markets have headed lower throughout the European morning, risks are for gains to be faded. Alongside this, key headwinds in the form of trade war tensions and a potential RBA June rate cut are likely to limit upside. Reminder, RBA Governor Lowe due to speak tonight after RBA meeting minutes (calendar)
Crude Oil: Oil prices surged at the Asia open as Saudi Arabia signalled that cuts could be extended throughout the remainder of 2019 at the JMMC meeting, while President Trump had also stepped up his critical rhetoric towards Iran. Although, with equity prices beginning to push lower, oil prices have pared the majority of its initial gains.
Equities: US equity futures have headed lower amid the continued crackdown by the US on China’s Huawei, which in turn has chipmakers come under pressure, while Google also stated that they are to restrict the company’s use on android services. Elsewhere, Apple’s price target had been cut by HSBC to $174 (median street price target = $220), citing concerns over China, while tariff led price increases on Apple products could also have dire consequences on demand. Apple shares currently lower by 2.4% in pre-market.
Source: DailyFX, Thomson Reuters
DailyFX Economic Calendar: – North American Releases
WHAT’S DRIVING MARKETS TODAY
- “Gold Price Sell-Off Continues, Silver Price Hits a Six-Month Low” by Nick Cawley, Market Analyst
- “COT Report: Japanese Yen and Euro Shorts Collapse, USD Longs Reduced” by Justin McQueen, Market Analyst
- “Crude Oil Price May Be Carving Out a Top” by Paul Robinson, Currency Strategist
- “Using FX To Effectively Trade Global Market Themes at IG” by Tyler Yell, CMT , Forex Trading Instructor
— Written by Justin McQueen, Market Analyst
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Gold Price Sell-Off Continues, Silver Price Hits a Six-Month Low
Gold (XAU) and Silver (XAG) Price Analysis and Charts.
Gold (XAU) Needs to Support to Hold
The sell-off on gold continues with the precious metal down around $30 in less than a week. Gold is under pressure from a resurgent US dollar, buoyed by last Friday’s Uni of Michigan data which smashed expectations and hit a multi-year high. The important 61.8% Fibonacci retracement level at $1,287/oz. failed to provide any support when broken last week, while the $1,287 – $1,281/oz. zone made up of old horizontal support is being tested now. A clear break and close below opens the way to the recent double bottom around $1,266/oz. which is currently being guarded by the 200-day moving average at $1,268.6/oz. Below here the 50% Fibonacci retracement level at $1,262/oz heaves into view.
Gold (XAU) Daily Price Chart (August 2018 – May 20, 2019)
Silver (XAG) Nears a Fresh Six-Month Low
Another precious metal under heavy selling pressure. Silver is now at levels last seen in early December last year and is over 11% lower since making its recent high of $16.21/oz. in late February. The downtrend since the late-February high continues to be respected and it is possible that silver completely retraces all the way back down to the November 14 low at $13.89/oz. Psychological support at $14.00/oz. may slow the decline, while the CCI indicator shows that the market is extremely oversold.
Silver (XAG) Daily Price Chart (August 2018 – May 20, 2019)
IG Client Sentiment data show that retail traders are 79.1% net-long gold, a bearish contrarian indicator. Recent daily and weekly sentiment shifts give us a stronger bearish contrarian bias.
— Written by Nick Cawley, Market Analyst
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