The AUDJPY pair experienced a modest upward movement amid market anticipation of the U.S. inflation report after gaining 0.65% in the Monday trading session. The Australian dollar marked its 40th anniversary, demonstrating its historical value as a stable currency in times of economic fluctuation. However, Australian consumer sentiment slumped, reflecting challenges posed by rising living costs and interest rates. The RBA’s cautious approach and doubts about further rate hikes in Australia influence this currency’s outlook.
Producer prices in Japan rose 0.3% year-on-year in November, indicating easing inflationary pressures. The data arrived below expectations but marked the eleventh consecutive month of slowing producer price growth. This trend could support the Bank of Japan’s dovish stance, potentially limiting the upside for the Japanese Yen and benefiting the AUDJPY pair.
However, the upcoming central bank decisions from the Federal Reserve, European Central Bank, and Bank of England could significantly impact market sentiment and influence the AUDJPY’s trajectory.
The AUDJPY is currently locked in a short-term battle between the bulls and bears, trading flat around 95.861. Price action hovers below the downward-sloping 50-SMA and 100-SMA, suggesting a potential resistance zone. However, a recent breakout above the 20-SMA indicates a possible shift in momentum towards the upside.
The RSI value of 48.68 suggests relative neutrality in the market, potentially indicating a period of consolidation before a breakout.
A sustained push above the 20-SMA and initial resistance at 96.156 could pave the way for a bullish momentum towards 96.611 and 97.026. Conversely, failure to surpass the resistance zone may present short-term trading opportunities towards 95.454, with further declines potentially reaching 95.069 and 94.644.
T The AUDJPY pair remains in a technically uncertain state. While the recent bullish technical signals offer some encouragement, the overall market sentiment and upcoming economic events will significantly influence the pair’s short-term direction.
A successful break above the 96.156 resistance level could signal a bullish trend towards higher resistances. Conversely, failure to surpass key resistance might create short-term opportunities for bearish moves towards the 95.454 and 95.069 significant support levels.
Sources: TradingView, Trading Economics, Reuters, Dow Jones Newswire, MT Newswire.
Piece written by Mfanafuthi Mhlongo, Trive Financial Market Analyst
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