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Australian Dollar Lower ahead of Monetary Policy Minutes

BY JOEL HOLMES

The Australian dollar having enjoyed a brief early morning rally moved lower through trade on Monday nearing one month lows and touching 0.7848. With little domestic data on hand to drive direction the AUD succumb to renewed USD strength and an uptick in risk appetite as investors’ fears eased in the wake of lessening brusque bombast between Trump and Pyongyang. As the war of words dissipated over the weekend markets looked to correct the run on Safe Havens and sold down JPY and CHF holdings to buy back into stocks and the US dollar forcing the Aussie toward key technical supports at 0.7830/50. Opening this morning at 0.7853 attentions now turn to the RBA’s meeting minutes and U.S retail sales for direction through Tuesday.    

The New Zealand dollar slipped back below 0.73 U.S cents through trade on Monday as investors unwound safe haven plays and bought back into stocks and the US dollar. Tensions between the US and North Korea appeared to have eased over the weekend with the war of words that plagued markets last week abating, prompting markets to sell down JPY and CHF holdings. Having touched intraday highs at 0.7322 following stronger than anticipated retail sales the NZD shifted lower as risk appetite returned and markets looked to correct the recent greenback sell off. Touching intraday lows at 0.7286 attentions remain with geopolitical developments and U.S retail sales for direction through Tuesday. 

The Great British Pound is weaker this morning when valued against the Greenback. The Sterling reached an overnight low of 1.2956 on the back of a short-term US dollar recovery and mounting uncertainty surrounding Brexit. Yesterday was a quiet day with no macroeconomic data coming out of the UK. Today will see the release of July's inflation data with market expectations the Consumer Price Index is set to increase by 2.5% in July and continue to be well above the Bank of England’s 2% inflation target. The GBP/USD pair is currently trading at 1.2960. We now expect support to hold on moves approaching 1.2940 while any upward push will likely meet resistance around 1.2990.

The USD was one of the best performing currencies overnight as movements were seen out of safe haven currencies as geopolitical risk waned. The U.S. Dollar Index (DXY) was up 0.38% at the time of writing as both Japanese Yen and Swiss Francs lost ground against the Greenback. The U.S Dollar also saw gains as Fed Reserve Bank of New York President William Dudley was more hawkish on monetary policy as he is still supportive of another hike this year along with the trimming of the current balance sheet in September. The Euro saw selling pressure to start the week, falling through support at 1.1800 to finish the North American session at 1.1775. Bids were favoured higher on the USD/JPY cross after recovering from last week losses, seeing intraday highs of 1.0978. With major markets in Europe observing a public holiday, movements are expected to be light heading into United States Retail sales.