Chart of The Day (Fx)
The Australian dollar is one of the best performing major currencies today. RBA minutes turned out to be neither dovish, nor hawkish. On one hand, the document showed that RBA members considered a rate hike before ultimately deciding on leaving rates unchanged. On the other hand, the document noted that the Bank should reassess whether there is still need to undertake additional tightening. AUD, however, caught a bid following release of better-than-expected GDP data from China. The Chinese economy grew at a pace of 4.5% YoY in Q1 2023, much faster than 4.0% YoY expected by economists. Moreover, retail sales data for March showed a 10.6% YoY jump – also better than the 8.0% YoY increase expected. Industrial production data for March missed estimates but showed higher growth than in February.
Taking a look at AUDUSD chart at D1 interval, we can see that the pair bounced off an important mix of support today – an intersection of 50- and 200-session moving average (orange circle). Demand side reaction to this technical support hints that another upward impulse may be about to start. In such a scenario, resistance zone in the 0.6780 area, marked with 38.2% retracement of October 2022 – January 2023 upward move may be the next target for the bulls.