Happy weekend FX people! On today’s FX feature is an update of the AUDUSD pair which I posted last September 5 (please see it here). As you can see, the pair has continued to rise within an ascending channel. And as I’ve suggested, the pair indeed rose to mark its fifth wave (wave 5). If the Elliot Wave Principle holds true and if my wave counting is correct then as the theory suggests, the pair should be due for a retracement. Remember that the EWP predicts a correction in the prices after the completion of the fifth wave, starting with wave A and ending with wave C. And given the obvious technical resistances ahead and an overbought condition as indicated in the stochastics, the pair could indeed dip or at least move sideways. If the Aussie weakens against the US dollar, the peak of the third wave around the 0.9200 level and the channel’s support should keep it from falling further.
The Aussie along with the non-dollar currencies rose this Friday due to the better-than-expected July wholesale inventories report in the US. Wholesale inventories has risen by 1.3% as compared to the 0.4% market forecast. China’s better-than-projected industrial production (13.9% vs. 13.1%) , retail sales (18.4% vs. 18.0%), new loans (545 billion vs. 500 billion), M2 money supply (19.2% vs. 17.5%), and the slower PPI (4.3% vs. 4.6%), have also helped the Aussie. Remember that Australia is one of the biggest supplier of raw materials to China. Hence, an increasing business activity means more business for Australia. A weaker PPI, in the same way, benefits the Aussie since a monetary tightening by the Chinese government would be postponed which would allow for business to go on without additional restrictions as of the moment.
For the coming week, no market moving events are scheduled in Australia. Given the lack of economic reports from the country, investors could take this as a chance to pocket some of their profits from their long Aussie positions.