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AUD/USD bulls have been in steady control since the new month kicked off, but that move may be running out of steam. Will the upcoming Aussie,  Chinese and U.S. data give the bulls legs to run, or is it time for the bears to take back control?

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Fresh Market Headlines & Economic Data:

Upcoming Potential Catalysts on the Forex Calendar:

  • New Zealand Visitor arrivals at 11:45 pm GMT
  • Australia Consumer sentiment at 1:30 am GMT (Sept. 11)
  • China Foreign investment, new loans, M2 money supply (tentative Sept. 11)
  • Canada Capacity utilization rate at 1:30 pm GMT (Sept. 11)
  • U.S. PPI at 1:30 pm GMT (Sept. 11)
  • U.S. Wholesale inventories at 3:00 pm GMT (Sept. 11)

What to Watch: AUD/USD

AUD/USD 1-Hour Forex Chart
AUD/USD 1-Hour Forex Chart

Today, we’ve got AUD/USD at the top of the watchlist as we’ll get a slew of economic updates from Australia, China and the U.S. The Chinese & U.S. data are likely to be the catalysts for volatility in AUD/USD, but you can’t count out Westpac’s consumer sentiment survey data as it has been a short-term market mover at times in the past.

In terms of price action, AUD/USD has been on a heck of a rally in September after its slow grind lower in August. During that rally, we saw the pair break a strong resistance area around 0.6800, and if the upcoming data drives the pair lower to that broken resistance area, support could form as it will also be a Fibonacci retracement level. So, if you’re a bull on AUD/USD, the best risk-to-reward / high probability setup is to wait for a pullback and retest of 0.6800. This is especially crucial in case Chinese data continues to disappoint, then we’d have to see if 0.6800 can hold off the bears.

If you’re a bear on AUD/USD, then the longer-term trend is your friend and the possibility of more weak data from China like what we saw earlier today, plus a positive U.S. PPI number could send this pair lower back into the downtrend. And you can setup for both long and short time frames as the distance to the broken support level 0.6800 is within the daily ATR for a solid short-term gain, while a longer-term potential return-on-risk is pretty good if using the weekly ATR of around 110 pips as the stop guide, while targeting the swing lows around 0.6700, over 160 pips away from current levels.