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AUD/USD turns negative after dismal Aussie jobs data

2018-4-19 10:15:11Trading Strategies
AUD/USD turns negative after dismal Aussie jobs data

The Aussie dollar ran into bids after the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS)reported a drop in full-time jobs growth. 


Key points (Source: Reuters)


March employment +4.9k s/adj (Reuters poll: +21.0k)

March unemployment rate 5.5 pct, s/adj (Reuters poll: 5.5 pct)

March full-time employment -19.9k s/adj

March participation rate 65.5 pct, s/adj (Reuters poll: 65.7 pct)

February employment revised to -6.3k, from +17.5k

The weaker-than-expected headline figure, drop in the full-time employment and the downward revision of the previous month's jobs number has not gone down well with the investors. The AUD/USD turned lower from 0.78 and fell to a session low of 0.7774. As of writing, the currency pair is trading around the 50-day moving average (MA) located at 0.7778. 


The Aussie 10-year government bond yield has retreated from the session high of 2.80 percent to 2.78 percent post the release of the dismal Aussie employment data. 


AUD/USD Technical Levels


A break below 0.7772 (5-day moving average) would open up downside towards 0.7749 (10-day MA) and 0.7726 (April 5 high). On the higher side, only a daily close above 0.7795 (100-day MA) would signal a continuation of the rally from 0.7643 (March 29 low) and could yield a rally to 0.79 (psychological level) and 0.7916 (March 14 high).