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Today’s weaker-than-expected Australian data releases got me looking at AUD/NZD’s downtrend on the 1-hour chart. What do you think?

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Major Forex Pairs Performance from MarketMilk
Major Forex Pairs Performance from MarketMilk

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What to Watch: AUD/NZD

AUD/NZD 1-hour Forex Chart
AUD/NZD 1-hour Forex Chart

Earlier today Australia’s October retail sales clocked in at 0.0% when markets had seen a 0.3% growth. The trade balance report didn’t help much, either, as it showed Australia’s surplus shrinking to its smallest in TEN months as exports dropped by 5% while imports hit record highs.

Meanwhile, a capital review printed by the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) turned out to be more lenient than markets had expected.

Instead of getting $20B in new capital from equities, for example, banks can opt to get just $11B from equities and get the remaining $9B from preferred shares. Banks are also required to get the $20B in seven years, lower than the initially proposed 5 years.

And as if that wasn’t enough to attract NZD bulls, RBNZ head honcho Adrian Orr also shared that his team is on a “hold phase” right now.

Today’s events turned my focus on AUD/NZD, which is seeing a slow and steady downtrend on the 1-hour time frame. Heck, even MarketMilk is pointing to a bearish trend!

A retest of the 100 SMA near the descending trend line could make for a good trade especially if AUD/NZD makes new December lows after a retest. Cautious optimism over a U.S.-China trade deal just might push AUD back to the trend line.

If you’re not sure how big a stop you should put on your AUD/NZD trades, know that the pair moves by about 50 pips or so on Thursdays and 30 under 40 pips on Fridays.