AUD/USD slides to two-month low, weakens further below 0.6600 amid risk-off impulse

  • AUD/USD drifts lower for the second straight day and drops to a nearly two-month low.
  • The risk-off impulse, China’s economic woes and the RBA’s inaction weigh on the Aussie.
  • Retreating US bond yields undermines the USD, though fails to lend support to the pair.

The AUD/USD pair remains under some selling pressure for the second successive day on Wednesday and continues losing ground through the early European session. Spot prices drop to a near two-month low, around the 0.6575 region in the last hour, and seem vulnerable to prolonging the recent downward trajectory witnessed over the past three weeks or so.

The global risk sentiment takes a hit after Fitch unexpectedly downgraded the US Long-Term Foreign-Currency Issuer Default Rating (IDR) to ‘AA+’ from ‘AAA’, citing fiscal deterioration over the next three years. This, along with China’s economic woes and the Reserve Bank of Australia’s (RBA) surprise decision to leave the Official Cash Rate (OCR) unchanged for the second straight meeting, weighs heavily on the Australian Dollar (AUD). Even a modest US Dollar (USD) weakness fails to impress bulls or lend any support to the AUD/USD pair.

The global flight to safety triggers a modest decline in the US Treasury bond yields and fails to assist the buck to capitalize on a two-week-old uptrend to its highest level since July 10 touched on Tuesday. In fact, the USD Index (DXY), which tracks the Greenback against a basket of currencies, so far, has struggled to make it through a technically significant 100-day Simple Moving Average (SMA) barrier. That said, rising bets for further policy tightening by the Federal Reserve (Fed) continue to act as a tailwind and help limit the intraday dip.

It is worth recalling that Fed Chair Jerome Powell had said that the economy still needs to slow and the labour market to weaken for inflation to credibly return to the 2% target. Moreover, the incoming US macro data points to an extremely resilient economy and keeps the door for another 25 bps lift-off in September or November wide open. This, along with a convincing break and acceptance below the 0.6600 round-figure mark, favours the AUD/USD bears and suggests that the path of least resistance for spot prices remains to the downside.

Market participants now look forward to the US ADP report on private-sector employment, due for release later during the early North American session. Apart from this, the US bond yields will influence the USD price dynamics and provide a fresh impetus to the AUD/USD pair. Traders will further take cues from the broader risk sentiment to grab short-term opportunities around the risk-sensitive Aussie. The focus, however, remains glued to the release of the crucial US monthly employment details, popularly known as the NFP report on Friday.

Technical levels to watch


Today last price0.658
Today Daily Change-0.0033
Today Daily Change %-0.50
Today daily open0.6613
Daily SMA200.6737
Daily SMA500.67
Daily SMA1000.6692
Daily SMA2000.6732
Previous Daily High0.6724
Previous Daily Low0.6602
Previous Weekly High0.6821
Previous Weekly Low0.6623
Previous Monthly High0.6895
Previous Monthly Low0.6599
Daily Fibonacci 38.2%0.6649
Daily Fibonacci 61.8%0.6677
Daily Pivot Point S10.6569
Daily Pivot Point S20.6525
Daily Pivot Point S30.6448
Daily Pivot Point R10.669
Daily Pivot Point R20.6768
Daily Pivot Point R30.6812
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