Countdown to Liftoff:
Although the Federal Reserve didn’t give a clear signal on the timing of liftoff, the rhetoric of improving housing and labour markets shows that the countdown has at least begun.
Fed officials have indicated that a September rate hike is now a real possibility after citing that the economy has overcome its first quarter slowdown and despite external factors and energy market worries, that the economy has actually expanded moderately.
Here are a couple of key quotes indicating that confidence in the labour market is improving:
“On balance, a range of labor market indicators suggest that underutilization of labor resources has diminished since early this year.”
“The labour market continued to improve, with solid job gains and declining unemployment.”
This definitely indicates an improved outlook on the economy from the Fed, with last month’s statement saying that ‘some slack still remained’ in the labour market.
“Need to see “some” more improvement in the labor market.”
As always, it’s the little things that have a huge impact on traders mindsets. In today’s statement, by adding the word ‘some’, markets are interpreting the hurdle to a September rate hike as being lowered.
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The US Dollar Index rallied on the release, pushing out of trend line support and targeting new highs.
On the Calendar Thursday:
AUD RBA Gov Stevens Speaks
AUD Building Approvals
USD Advance GDP
USD Goods Trade Balance
USD Unemployment Claims
Chart of the Day:
With FOMC now in the rear view mirror, we this morning turn our attention to AUD/NZD and this chart from @shahzaddalal on Twitter shows the zone of interest perfectly.
With the overall trend strongly bearish, the level I’ve highlight on the weekly chart shows price retesting broken support now as resistance. This is normal trend resumption price behaviour. The long term trend line resistance also gives extra insurance to a bearish trend trade.
However, the daily chart that Shahzad posted above, shows price hitting an important short term support/resistance level that has been tested and retested on multiple occasions over the last couple of years.
Trading from the bottom side of this level is obviously the safer trade but with yesterday’s daily candle providing a long wick into the zone and then bouncing today, an argument could easily be made to trade the opposite direction.
In which direction are you looking to trade NZD/AUD? Let us know by leaving a comment below or mention @VantageFX on Twitter.
Dane Williams – @VantageFX
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