Australian CPI Day


If you are only just now tuning into the world of trading this week, your timing is perfect. In a few hours, probably the most important piece of the Australian economy will see its second quarter figure announced. That’s, of course, Australian CPI.

But before we delve into it, yesterday’s price action was quite important and needs a review. Price action that was all about the following headline out of Japan which first sent USD/JPY tumbling and then had a flow-on effect to the rest of the Forex market from there:

The move was exaggerated by the USDX coming out of key resistance and the flow on effect of this move was the rocket underneath the Aussie Dollar that markets are buzzing about heading into CPI.

USD/JPY hourly

USD/JPY hourly

Taking a look at the USD/JPY hourly and I’ve left the daily MT4 period separators on the chart to better highlight the fall.

The break lower and subsequent pullback you can see were both very clean, technical moves. After which, there has been a lot of fear and uncertainty buzzing around the tradingsphere, with traders asking why so hard and across all markets?

There was the headline that gave price the kick, but it was however about as clean of a technical move as you’re going to get. Price coming out of higher time frame resistance, confirmed the move with a pullback (to perfectly re-activate the trend line just about to the pip), then dropped through the recent swing low support and pulled back to the first area of previous short term SR. Throw in the USDX at key resistance and this is what you get.

It sounds like hindsight, but the setup of shorting a lower time frame re-test, out of higher time frame resistance is the type of low risk, high reward setups that we talk about a lot on this blog.

USD/JPY daily

USD/JPY daily

The daily still shows plenty of white space between channel resistance and support… Hello BoJ, are you there?

Now, back onto the big ticket item of the day and the Australian CPI data release! Spurred on by what happened following the first quarter CPI release, markets are expecting the Reserve Bank of Australia to slash interest rates by 0.25% if the inflation print undershoots expectations.

Interest rate futures are currently pricing in around a 65% chance that the RBA makes their move, and all but one surveyed economist is expecting a move to the downside from the bank.

So with an AUD market on the edge just waiting for the signal from the RBA, could this USD weakness inspired rally in AUD/USD be an opportunity to short into?

AUD/USD hourly

AUD/USD hourly

Could yesterday’s move highlight an opportunity for the market to have to re-price from the AUD side, if things don’t quite go to plan?

AUD/USD daily

AUD/USD daily

Conversely, remember in the midst of the May 2016 doom and gloom, on the higher time frame charts AUD/USD sat at key weekly support. We were heading into a period of uncertainty around China, Brexit and whether the Federal Reserve would resume interest rate hikes. All that the Aussie needed was a weak set of data releases and it was goodbye to the pair.

But the Australian economy is a resilient little bugger (‘straya!), and anyone playing the contrarian at key technical levels continues to cash in nicely. These levels still hold true today and a resumption of the bigger picture bullish trend is still just a single, highly important data release away!

Make your call and manage your risk accordingly.

This Wednesday


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This is a guest post originally appeared on Vantage FX blog. Reposted with permission.

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