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Positive risk sentiment catapults AUD back through 0.71

Wednesday 8 December, 2021

Daily Currency Update

Risk sentiment improved through trade on Tuesday, extending Monday’s turnaround and catapulting the AUD back through 0.71 US cents. Commodity currencies were again the beneficiaries of a positive risk on move, outperforming major counterparts to mark intraday highs at 0.7120. Market concerns surrounding the impacts of the Omicron variant on the broader global economic recovery have faded this week as anecdotal evidence continues to suggest the mutation while more contagious is no more severe or virulent than its predecessors, a hugely encouraging sign in the evolution of the COVID-19 virus.  Having tested lows at 0.7040 through the domestic session the AUD recovery accelerated through the afternoon with the RBA policy update offering little to disrupt the broader trend. Policymakers offered few surprises, maintaining the QE program into February 2022 while holding onto their commitment to lower interest rates through 2023. Markets did lean on a hawkish lilt within the Bank’s statement following the removal of key phrases and general belief Omicron will not derail the domestic recovery. Bond rates rallied in the wake of the policy update, as markets continue to price in a series of rate hikes through the next 18 months. Having tested a break below 0.70 on Friday last week, the AUD remain vulnerable to fluctuations within the risk narrative. As long as sentiment continues to turn positive, we expect the AUD will unwind much of the recent downturn and recapture ranges between 0.73 and 0.7550. However, a definitive risk off move will force the AUD back toward key supports and the psychological 0.70 US cent handle.

Key Movers

Commodity currencies carried the day as haven currencies faltered amid a broader extension in risk demand. The AUD and CAD lead major currencies on Tuesday, topping the leaderboard as the JPY, EUR, GBP and CHF all moved lower. Having forced the USD back below 113 last week, the JPY gave up gains as the USD extended toward intraday highs at 113.75 while the GBP gave up 1.33 and 1.3250, eyeing a break below 1.32 as the EUR fell through 1.1250 to mark intraday lows at 1.1230. Volatility remains elevated, and we anticipate further price action through the coming weeks. With little of note on today’s macroeconomic ticket, our attentions turn to the Bank of Canada and its latest policy update. We expect a more hawkish tone given recent labour market strength and inflationary pressures, with investors pricing in rate hikes beginning March next year.

Expected Ranges

  • AUD/USD: 0.6990 - 0.7170 ▲
  • AUD/EUR: 0.6250 - 0.6370 ▲
  • GBP/AUD: 1.3120 - 1.3350 ▼
  • AUD/NZD: 1.0420 - 1.0550 ▲
  • AUD/CAD: 0.8950 - 0.9050 ▲