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As the Easter holidays fade, we quickly saw a market resurgence of traders looking to resume normality. Perhaps one of the more stand-out movers during today’s London session was none other than the Pound Aussie cross (GBPAUD). Following the Reserve Bank of Australia’s announcement to hold interest rates at 0.1%, the recently stronger Pound took a tumble, and we’ll be looking at where the price may end up.
Since early hours, the price of GBPAUD declined by 1.05% or roughly 200 pips. Considering the Average True Range (ATR) tends to sit around 100-120 pips, it’s not something to ignore. Is this just a one-off move, or is something larger happening here?
Perhaps the overriding factor that spiked AUD demand today is the dovish comments made by the RBA that suggest they’ll aim to keep the current rates on hold until 2025. In an uncertain environment mainly consisting of negative rates worldwide, the ability to offer stability, however small, speaks volumes. But is it enough to stave off economic risks associated with the pandemic? Probably not.
The Australian currency will remain risk-sensitive, and with Covid-19 cases continuing to rise throughout Europe and America, demand for the ‘Aussie’ will potentially struggle to find enough demand. By contrast, the Pound looks to build on vaccine success and hopefully reignite the economy in June/July by further easing lockdowns. The potential for GBPAUD to turn bullish longer-term looks more probable at this stage.
The idea that the pair could resume an upward trajectory is backed up by some relatively strong technical signals on both the hourly and daily Ichimoku charts listed below.
Beginning with the hourly, we can see today’s bearish price action is heading towards the previous weekly pivot point of 1.8010 before finding some support. Despite the decisive move to the downside, now that the pair found some short-term support, we’d generally expect some corrective price behavior during the upcoming sessions. Notice the RSI indicator (Relative Strength Index) is also in heavily oversold territory, further fueling speculation to the upside. The current weekly pivot point of 1.8145 makes an attractive potential target or a consideration for resistance.
The daily Ichimoku chart helps put today’s price moves into perspective, further highlighting the bullish indicators in play. Note, the current price action is still trading well above the cloud, as is the lagging span (purple line). The thickness of the cloud also suggests plenty of support above 1.80 levels.
Remaining Tentatively Bullish
So despite the sudden bearish activity seen today, the outlook for GBPAUD remains bullish across multiple timeframes, not accounting for any new Covid-19 issues that may emerge.
Sources: Go Markets, Meta Trader 5, TradingView, Bloomberg
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