21st December 2021 - AUD/USD bears target 0.7100 as US bond yields rise amid risk aversion

Market Headlines

The weakness on Wall St continued overnight with all three equity indices falling ~1.4-1.5%. The weakness seemingly driven by lower volumes, the surging omicron cases, and the resultant restrictions ahead of the holiday period. US interest rates were unchanged but the volatile trading conditions in oil remained as it fell a further 4% to $68 a barrel. USD/TRY fell a huge 30% on new currency measures including direct quoting from the CBRT to exporters. Developed markets currencies were relatively subdued including the AUD/USD which settled at 0.7115 after trading in a 0.7082/.7133 range.

Overnight Currency Range

AUD/USD 0.7082 0.7133

EUR/USD 1.1235 1.1304

GBP/USD 1.3175 1.3243

USD/JPY 113.33 113.71

NZD/USD 0.6705 0.6750

USD/CAD 1.2886 1.2963

USD/CNH 6.382 6.3901

AUD/JPY 80.24 81.14

AUD/NZD 1.0565 1.0602

AUD Thoughts

In Australia, the minutes of the December RBA Board meeting may provide more detail on the options the Board discussed with respect to the future of the Banks bong purchase programme. However, Governor Lowe last week already outlined the three options, and broadly speaking the conditions that need to be met for each path forward. The very strong labour market report for November is the first domino to fall into place and the board will now keenly await more labour market data, the Q1 CPI print in late January and information on both the Omicron variant and impact on activity from the current surge in COVID cases in Australia.

AUD/USD traded in a 0.7082/.7133 range to start the week but ultimately finished unchanged on the day. Demand remains ahead of 0.7100 and again ahead of 0.6995 while offering interest is staggered above 0.7200

Event Risk Data Today

AU – Dec RBA Minutes of Dec. Policy Meeting

CA – Oct Retail Sales m/m

EU – Dec Consumer Confidence

GE – Jan GfK Consumer Confidence

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