AUD Backs Off 5 Month Highs Ahead of RBA

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AUD Backs Off 5 Month Highs Ahead of RBA

Daily FX Market Roundup August 3, 2020

After falling sharply in the month of July, the US dollar kicked off the new month with a nice broad based rally. The greenback traded higher against all of the major currencies despite mixed manufacturing data. According to ISM, manufacturing activity accelerated in the month of July but a separate measure by Markit Economics showed a smaller than expected improvement. The dollar, which had traded strongly prior to the release came off intraday highs on the back of these reports which tells us that investors are worried about the outlook for the economy and currency. This may be nothing more than a relief rally but with the dollar deeply oversold, we could see multi-day recovery. This week’s economic reports should show improvements in the economy because even with the surge in cases in July, more businesses reopened, ushering people back to work.

Congress is hard at work on a new stimulus package and with each passing day, scientists are moving closer to developing an effective vaccine. Although all of the factors pressuring the dollar in July are still with us today, we will most likely see positive developments on both fronts in the coming weeks. US Treasury yields also rebounded after last week’s sharp slide while stocks resumed their rise.

The best performing currency was sterling which shrugged off a downward revision to manufacturing PMI. Euro ended the day lower despite upward PMI revisions. The lack of market moving reports for any country aside from Australia means currencies will take their cue from the market’s appetite for US dollars tomorrow.

Tonight, the focus will turn to the Australian dollar. AUD trade numbers are scheduled for release along with retail sales and the Reserve Bank of Australia’s monetary policy announcement. While the following table show the economy recovering further in July, the recent flareup in virus cases should leave the central bank cautious. The state of Victoria just announced fresh restrictions that
could affect the central bank’s projections. Having traded to a 5 month high last week versus the US dollar, the Australian dollar is particularly vulnerable to a correction.

Kathy Lien
Managing Director

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