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During Tuesday’s early European trading session, the AUD/USD currency pair snapped its previous two-day losing streak and caught some fresh bids around above 0.7700 level mostly due to the recent upticks in S&P 500 index, which tend to underpin the perceived risk currency Australian dollar and contributes to the currency pair gains. Hence, the market trading sentiment was being supported by the optimism over the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines and hopes for additional U.S. fiscal stimulus measures.
Across the pond, the broad-based U.S. dollar bearish bias, triggered by multiple factors, also played its major role in strengthening the currency pair. In contrast to this, the long-lasting coronavirus distress globally keeps questioning the market’s upbeat mood, which could cap gains for the currency pair. At this time, the AUD/USD currency pair is currently trading at 0.7710 and consolidating in the range between 0.7672 – 0.7725.
The market trading sentiment has been gaining positive traction since the day started and was being supported by the optimism over the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines and hopes for additional U.S. fiscal stimulus measures. As per the latest report, the U.S. President-elect Joe Biden is prepared to take office on January 20, pushing for the $1.9 trillion stimulus package already outlined last week. In the meantime, the Treasury Secretary nominee Janet Yellen is also expected to push the government to “act big” with its next coronavirus relief package when she testifies before the Senate later on Tuesday. Hence, the prevalent upbeat market mood underpinned the Australian dollar’s perceived risk currency and contributed to the currency pair gains.
At the USD front, the broad-based U.S. dollar failed to gain any positive traction during the early European trading hours amid risk-on market sentiment. Apart from this, the greenback losses could also be associated with the low-interest record rates’ expectations. Conversely, the expectations of a larger government borrowing recently triggered a fresh leg up in the U.S. Treasury bond yields, which might help the U.S. dollar limit any meaningful downside. However, the losses in the U.S. dollar pushed the currency pair higher. The U.S. Dollar Index that tracks the greenback against a bucket of other currencies dropped by 0.11% to 90.653 by 11:03 PM ET (4:03 AM GMT).
On the bearish side, the long-lasting worries about the continuous surge in new COVID-19 cases challenging the upbeat market sentiment and turned out to be one of the key factors that kept the lid on any additional gains in the currency pair. Furthermore, the cautious sentiment ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inaugural ceremony also probes the bulls.
In the absence of high impact economic events from the U.S., the U.S. Treasury Secretary nominee Janet Yellen’s testimony will influence the USD price dynamics. Meanwhile, the broader market risk sentiment could produce some short-term trading opportunities around the currency pair.
Daily Support and Resistance
Pivot Point 0.7679
The AUD/USD is trading at 0.7709 level holding below an immediate resistance level of 0.7725. The recent closing bearish engulfing candles can trigger odds of selling bias in the AUD/USD pair. However, we are not taking a sell trade yet, as the 50 periods EMA and MACD is staying in a bullish zone. Let’s keep an eye on the 0.7722 level as selling can be expected below this level along with buying over the 0.7722 mark. Good luck!