AUDJPY and its Evening Star

Virus developments remain in focus as China tentatively returns to work. Many factories remain closed as the virus continues to spread and supply chain disruptions are also being felt outside of China. The official death toll now exceeds that of the SARS outbreak and there are plenty of reports suggesting that the real number of victims is much higher than official data suggests.

So far the sense seems to be that the virus will dent, but not derail, global recovery as the number of new cases may be starting to decelerate. Clearly that will depend on how quickly the virus can be brought under control.

Hence, as China has returned to work after a protracted Lunar New Year period, but quarantine measures and travel restrictions continue to impact, stock markets continued to struggled lower overnight as focus remains on virus development.

Narrow ranges have been prevailing for the most part in early week trading among the main currencies, though the Australian Dollar managed a near 0.5% gain, rebounding after hitting an 11-year low against the US Dollar on Friday. AUDUSD posted a high at 0.6707, which retraced just over half of the decline seen on Friday. Thus it seems that the 11-year bottom holds strongly.

Aussie strengthened after China CPI data. On the Aussie rally and amid a largely weaker Yen, AUDJPY spiked to 73.66 overnight and it has been consolidating around it since then. However, as AUDJPY tends to be a strong indicator and predictor of future risk-on activity in global markets, it will remain in the spotlight, as any spike in concerns over the fallout from the virus epidemic will weigh on the Australian Dollar.

From the technical perspective, today’s optimisms looks temporary as AUDJPY formed an evening star on risk aversion seen on Friday. This puts the assets in a negative outlook in the medium term, with the 1-week performance being a correction in the more than a month decline.

The RSI is now around 41 and the MACD lines have flattened in the negative area, preparing for a fresh bear cross whilst Stochastic has already formed one. These all look to be lead indicators for a potential pullback of AUDJPY, if we see the asset turning below its 73.00 low again. This could open the doors towards 71.00 area.

Support holds at 73.00, while Resistance levels are at 74.00 and 74.38 (Friday’s peak).  For a shift in the outlook there would need to be a move above the latter.

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Andria Pichidi

Market Analyst

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