Analysis and Recommendation: (close of Asian session)
AUD/USD remained under pressure during the U.S. trading session Tuesday as worries about China's slowing economic growth sparked a selloff. The pair is currently trading at 1.0486 falling from 1.0528
Comments from a BHP Billiton Ltd, executive that China's demand for iron ore is expected to drop to single digits as growth in the world's second largest economy cools hit the currency hard. China imports around 60% of the world's steelmaking material.
In the short term, we are watching U.S. equities for an indication of whether risk appetite can rebound. A close of the S&P above 1,400 should provide a floor in risky assets and a floor in [Australian dollar/U.S. dollar] at 1.0450, at which it can rebound over the days ahead, said Michael Sneyd, a BNP Paribas currency strategist based in London.
The Aussie jumped 20 pips on the RBA minutes, which revealed that the board seemed to lift the pre-conditions for further easing from a relatively broad weakening in demand conditions to a sudden worsening in the situation in Europe and the resultant disruption to capital and trade flows, particularly in Asia, said Adam Cole, global head of foreign exchange strategy at RBC Capital Market, in a note.
Of all the G10 currencies, the Aussie dollar was one of the worst performing for the day
Economic Events and Reports March 20, 2012 actual v. forecast
Monetary Policy Meeting Minutes
Industrial Production (QoQ)
Core CPI (YoY)
CBI Industrial Trends Orders
Economic Events Scheduled for March 21, 2012 affecting AUD, NZD and JPY
00:50 JPY Trade Balance
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13:30 USD Initial Jobless Claims
13:30 USD Continuing Jobless Claims
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Government Bond Auctions (this week)
Mar 22 10:10 Sweden I/L bond auction
Mar 22 10.30 UK Auctions 0.625% 2042 I/L Gilt
Mar 22 15:00 US
Announces auctions of 2Y Notes on Mar 27, 5Y Notes on Mar
28 & 7Y Notes on Mar 29
AUD/USD Pivot Points (Time Frame: 1 Day)
Name S3 S2 S1 Pivot R1 R2 R3