AUD/USD Climbs To Over One-Week High, Eyes 50/200 DMA Confluence Hurdle

The AUD/USD pair builds on this week’s recovery from the 0.6620 area, or the monthly low, and gains positive traction for the third successive day on Thursday. The momentum lifts spot prices to over a one-week high, around the 0.6735 regions during the first half of the European session, and is sponsored by a combination of factors.
The Australian Dollar draws support from the upbeat domestic jobs data, which showed that the jobless rate stayed near a 50-year low level of 3.5%, and the number of employed people rose by 53K in March, more than the 20K expected. The markets started pricing for a 25 bps rate hike at the next Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) meeting in May. The underlying bearish sentiment surrounding the US Dollar provides a modest boost to the AUD/USD pair.
The USD Index, which tracks the Greenback against a basket of currencies, dropped to its lowest level since early February amid growing acceptance that the Federal Reserve (Fed) is nearly done with its rate-hiking cycle. The bets were reaffirmed by the softer-than-expected US consumer inflation figures released on Wednesday, which lifted hopes disinflation is progressing smoothly and may even accelerate, potentially opening the door for the Fed to cut rates during the second half of the year.
Adding to this, the March FOMC meeting minutes showed that several policymakers considered pausing interest rate increases after the failure of two regional banks. This, in turn, keeps the US Treasury bond yields depressed and continues to weigh on the Greenback. To a more significant extent, this overshadows looming recession risks and remains supportive of the bid tone surrounding the AUD/USD pair. However, worries about a slowdown in the Chinese economy could cap the Aussie.
From a technical perspective, bullish traders will likely wait for sustained strength beyond the 0.6745 confluence, comprising the 200-day Simple Moving Average (SMA) and the 50-day SMA. This is closely followed by the 100-day SMA, which, if cleared, will be seen as a new trigger for bullish traders and set the stage for additional gains. Market participants now look to the US economic docket, featuring the Producer Price Index (PPI) and Weekly Jobless Claims, for some trading impetus.

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