Will the Aussie reach parity with the US dollar or even better in the months to come? Technically speaking, there’s a good chance that it would. As you can see from its daily chart, the AUDUSD pair has recently broken out from a descending right-angled broadening triangle. Having past the 0.9350 and 0.9400 hurdles, the pair could now aim for 1.0000. It could, however, encounter some resistance at its all-time high at 0.9849 which it set back in 2008. Nonetheless, a move above this level could put the AUD on track towards dollar-parity. In fact, if we project the height of the pattern from the point of breakout, its upside target is even better – 1.0600. And as long as the pair’s uptrend channel remains intact, I could say that the Aussie has some more room to move north. But with its present overbought conditi0n and the wall that it is seeing at the channel’s resistance, it could move sideways or even retrace for awhile in the near term before making its journey to the heavens.
A lot of high impact economic reports are due in Australia this week. Tomorrow (October 5), Australia’s retail sales and trade balance figures for the month of August will be on deck. Sales at the retail level are seen to have increased again by 0.5% on top of the previous month’s 0.7% gain. The country’s trade balance is likewise seen to tally handsome surplus of A$2.31 billion from A$1.89 billion due to the country’s expansion in exports to China.
Later that day, the Reserve Bank of Australia will also deliver its monetary policy decision. There, the bank is expected to raise its interest rate by 0.25% to 4.75% after 5 months of holding it at 4.50%. The 1.2% growth rate in Australia’s economy during the second quarter of the year plus the recent improvement in the country’s labor market could indeed warrant a hike in the central bank’s interest rate. A rate hike plus the overall weakness in the greenback would make the Aussie more attractive; imagine netting 4.50% (4.75% – 0.25%) just by going long on the AUDUSD.