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After a rosy start to the week on positive risk sentiment, AUD takes a turn lower as global risk sentiment turned negative. Focus shifted quickly from economies reopening to a return of China tariffs and weak economic data.

Overlay of AUD Pairs: 1-Hour Forex Chart
Overlay of AUD Pairs: 1-Hour Forex Chart
AUD Weekly Performance from MarketMilk
AUD Weekly Performance from MarketMilk

Australian Headlines and Economic data


No Australian catalysts to attribute to the opening strength on Monday, so its likely the Aussie was riding higher with the Kiwi when New Zealand claimed ‘elimination’ of coronavirus with new cases in single digits.


Australia permits home visits, reopens beaches

ANZ-Roy Morgan Consumer Confidence increases for fourth straight week, up 0.8pts to 85.0


Australia’s first-quarter inflation hits 5-1/2-year high, prices to plunge in second quarter

Along with the positive economic updates from Australia, it’s likely the Aussie was supported higher by broad global risk sentiment as more countries were looking at re-opening their economies.


Australia Import price index fell 1.0% this quarter but rose 0.9% through the year.

Australia private sector credit rose 1.1% in March vs. 0.4% in Feb.

AUD turns lower on the session, likely on rising negative risk sentiment starting in the London session on negative economic updates from Europe (GDP down by 3.8% in the euro area and by 3.5% in the EU), negative outlook from the ECB monetary policy statement, and possibly on some negative commentary from two of the largest companies in the world (Amazon and Apple) taking down U.S. equities through Friday.


Australia AIG Manufacturing Index falls 35.8 in April

Australia PPI rose 0.2% q/q; 1.3% y/y

Prelim estimates for April indicate that the Commodity price index increased by 1.4%, after decreasing by 3.8% in March

AUD falls during the Friday session as global risk sentiment continues to be negative, likely on boosted headlines that the U.S. is looking to take action against China like new tariffs.