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    Australian Dollar Outlook: AUD/USD Revival Hopes Flimsy on Retail Sales Miss

    Abstract:AUSTRALIAN DOLLAR, AUD/USD, RETAIL SALES, RBA – TALKING POINTS
    •   Australian Dollar adds to declines as retail sales for June drop 1.8%

    •   Lockdowns putting pressure on Australian economic recovery

    •   AUD/USD appears set for more downside as new yearly lows seen

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      Australian Dollar weakness accelerated after June‘s retail sales figure crossed the wires at -1.8% from the prior month. The drop from May also missed the consensus expectation of -0.7% m/m. AUD/USD pushed lower immediately following the weak data print, extending the currency pair’s recent losses. The steep drop-off in retail sales likely reflects a series of lockdown measures put in place to combat the Delta variants spread. The state of Victoria and New South Wales saw increased restrictions through June.

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      The Westpac leading index – designed to forecast the direction of the economy – also saw a weak print on Wednesday, dropping 0.07% from an upwardly revised 0.05% m/m figure. The deteriorating economic backdrop has pushed Australian government bond yields to fresh monthly lows as traders price in the downbeat outlook. The countrys low vaccination rate will likely see regional lockdowns continue through the year.

      The Reserve Bank of Australia announced a plan to scale back its bond-buying program earlier this month to bring weekly purchases down to A$4 billion from A$5 billion. However, given economic conditions, the RBA may see it as appropriate to shelve those plans, or perhaps increasing the pace of purchases. The next board meeting is set for August 3. Inflation data for the second quarter will cross the wires later this month.

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    AUD/USD TECHNICAL OUTLOOK:

      The Australian Dollar is breaching below a zone of resistance turned support from September to December trading of last year. Now into fresh 2021 lows, the technical path looks firmly skewed to the downside. A drop to a level of prior support turned resistance near 0.7240 may provide the next zone of support. MACD and RSI are tracking sharply lower, with RSI in oversold territory, highlighting the strong move lower.

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