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For the last watchlist post of the week, we’re checking out the action in AUD/JPY.  The bulls are in firm control with geopolitics turning productive and from positive reaction to Aussie jobs data. Looking forward, will those themes continue and will Chinese data keep volatility bid?

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Upcoming Potential Catalysts on the Forex Calendar:

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What to Watch: AUD/JPY

AUD/JPY 1-Hour Forex Chart
AUD/JPY 1-Hour Forex Chart

AUD/JPY bulls have been on fire since yesterday’s session on a combination of a surprise downtick in the Australian unemployment rate, as well as constructive developments in the Brexit and U.S.-China trade front lately. And the volatility may no fade from here as we’ll get economic updates from China, which would likely not only affect global risk sentiment depending on the latest reads, but Australian sentiment as well given their close trading relationship.

For the bulls, it might be a little too late not to jump in for short-term profits with the stochastic signaling over bought conditions, but if we see a pullback on profit taking today and/or some bearish geopolitical updates, then the very short consolidation area between 73.00 – 73.80 should be watched for bullish reversal patterns to potential setup a swing long position, especially if the Chinese data comes out better-than-expected. With a daily ATR of around 70 – 80 pips, this area potentially re-testable within the next session or two.

For the bears, it’s a tough argument to make for a short position, other than a very short-term play at current levels if you think the rally is overdone and profit taking is just ahead. But if the geopolitical drivers reverse to bearish, which is possible given the rollercoaster ride in headlines over the past year or so, then that combined with likely profit taking strengthens the case for a very short-term short position. Again, with a daily ATR of around 70 – 80 pips, this week’s lows around 73.00 is viable target and  pretty good short-term potential return-on-risk (R:R).