Strong Australia Employment, but Aussie Moves Lower: AUD/USD, AUD/NZD

Currency exchange rate board of multiple currencies
Joe Perry
By :  ,  US Market Analyst

Australia reported the jobs employment data earlier and crushed expectations after Victoria was released from lockdown.  For October, Australia added 178,800 jobs to its economy vs -30,000 job expected. However, the Australian Dollar moved lower afterwards vs most major currencies. With RBA minutes noting that the RBA was considering targeting 10-year bonds rather than the 3-year bonds for QE, do traders think more stimulus is ahead for Australia? Or could this have been a “Buy the rumor, Sell the fact”. Regardless of the reason, the Aussie is lower.

AUD/USD

On a daily timeframe, AUD/USD put in a near-term low on October 2nd near .6991 before breaking above a downward sloping trendline dating back to the highs of September 1st.  The pair has retraced to the 78.6% Fibonacci retracement level from the highs of September 1st to the lows of November 2nd near .7321, but has moved lower for the last 3 days (including today).

Market chart demonstrating Strong Australia Employment But lower AUD/USD (Daily). Published in November 2020 by FOREX.com

Source: Tradingview, FOREX.com

With that being said, the move lower on a 60-minute chart shows that the pair pulled back to the 61.8% Fibonacci retracement level from the lows of November 13th  to the highs of November 17th and stalled.  Buyers will be looking to enter the market near the day’s lows near .7255, horizontal support near .7243 and the November 13th lows of .7220.  A target for this move could be considered the highs of November 9th and 14th near .7340.

Market chart demonstrating Strong Australia Employment But lower AUD/USD (Daily). Published in November 2020 by FOREX.com

Source: Tradingview, FOREX.com

AUD/NZD

Although the Australian Dollar and New Zealand Dollar are very much related, the AUD/NZD fell as well today (most likely US Dollar related as the Kiwi pulled back as well).  However, on a daily timeframe, bulls may be looking at this as a buying opportunity.  The pair has fallen to trendline support, as well as the 50% retracement level from the lows of March 18th to the highs of August 18th.  In addition, the RSI continues to diverge with price indicating a reversal is possible soon. 

Market chart of Strong Australia Employment But Aussie Moves Lower AUD vs NZD. Published in November 2020 by FOREX.com

Source: Tradingview, FOREX.com

A closer look at a 60-minute timeframe shows price nearing the previously mentioned 50% retracement level at 1.0520.  Notice on short-term chart  how price has put in 3 lower lows while the RSI has made 3 higher lows.  This is known as a “3-driver” and increases the chances of a short-term change in trend.  Buyers will look to buy near current levels and targets recent resistance near 1.0565, then horizontal resistance near 1.0625.  However, if price breaks below 1.0500, then next support isn’t until near 1.0315.  Traders should make sure to use tight stops if they want to be long!

Market chart demonstrating Strong Australia Employment But lower AUD/NZD (Daily). Published in November 2020 by FOREX.com

Source: Tradingview, FOREX.com

Although Aussie moved lower today, bulls may be looking to enter at key levels.


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