Before any data next week, keep an eye out for today’s HSBC China Flash Mfg PMI. Forecasts call for an improvement to 49.6 from December’s 49.5 reading although this would still indicate a contraction, while a reading coming in below expectations would suggest further weakness for the economy and would pressure AUD/USD further.
For the time being the Aus is holding above the session low at 0.8055, and more importantly, it is still above the recent trend low of 0.8032 (7 Jan) although I dont see either of these hanging on for very long today. Below here, the downside momentum would look to carry the Aud below 0.8000 and on towards the important Fibo level at 0.7944 (61.8% of 0.6006/1.1080), below which, we then are headed to the July 2009 low at 0.7700 and beyond, possibly to the RBA’s stated target at 0.7500, albeit not for a while.
The topside will see resistance again at 0.8100 and at the 0.8135 session high. If the US$ maintains its general strength, then above here will be tricky, but further targets would appear at the 100/200 HMA confluence at 0.8170. Beyond here, 0.8200 currently looks out of reach, unless we see a decent sell-off in the US$, but were that to be the case, then further sellers would arriver at 0.8230 and at Friday’s high of 0.8255, ahead of the recent minor highs at 0.8273 and 0.8298, with the next Fibo resistance not seen until 0.8321 (38.2% of 0.8795/0.8033). Beyond this, the breakout level from below the base of the long term channel is seen at 0.8350 and should be strong resistance – and a decent sell opportunity – if seen.
Economic data highlights will include:
China HSBC Flash Mfg PMI.