Broad risk-on sentiment seems to be the theme of the U.S. session after news of the U.S. lawmakers give hope of a stimulus deal soon, as well as better-than-expected U.S. economic updates. This sparked a sell-off in the Greenback, but will momentum last for the rest of the session?
Before moving on, ICYMI, today’s Daily London Session Watchlist looked at an opportunity forming on GBP/CHF ahead of the latest GDP data from the U.K., so be sure to check that out to see if there is still a potential play!
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Upcoming Potential Catalysts on the Economic Calendar
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What to Watch: AUD/USD
On the one-hour chart above of AUD/USD, we can see that spike higher in the last hour, mainly driven by broad risk sentiment sparked by comments from U.S. officials on a potential stimulus bill, and on better-than-expected U.S. economic data.
And volatility could stay bid well into the Asia trading session with the latest business sentiment data from Australia if we see a big surprise from the previous read.
Last month, the AIG manufacturing index number came in at 49.3, indicating contractionary conditions, so if there is a positive surprise, that could keep the rally in AUD/USD going.
If that scenario plays out, watch out for a break below the rising ‘lows’ pattern, which should occur right around the 0.7120 area. Technical traders may take that as a cue to short the currency pair, and likely target the September lows just above the 0.7000 for a swing type trade.