AUD/USD is consolidating Friday’s steep losses below 0.7250, licking its wounds amid broad risk-aversion.
The markets remain in a risk-off mode, thanks to the covid resurgence in Europe and worries over the potential curbs to contain the virus. The flight to safety underpins the safe-haven demand for the US dollar while weighing on the higher-yielding aussie.
Further, the rise in the US Treasury yields amid Fed’s hawkish expectations heading into this week FOMC minutes also adds to the strength in the greenback against its major rivals.
In the day ahead, the covid updates worldwide combined with the US Existing Home Sales data will be eyed for fresh trading impetus.
Looking at AUD/USD’s daily chart, the pair is trying hard to defend the critical daily support line at 0.7225, where the October 6 low lies.
The next critical support is seen at the 0.7200 psychological level.
A sustained break below the latter will fuel a fresh decline towards the end-September lows of 0.7169.
The 14-Day Relative Strength Index (RSI) is recovering from lower levels, currently flatlined around 35.26, suggesting that a minor correction could be in the offing.
For the rebound to pick up pace, the AUD bulls need to recapture 0.7250, above which Friday’s high of 0.7292 could get retested.
The next line of defense for the sellers is seen at 0.7351, where the 100 and 50-Daily Moving Averages (DMA) converge.
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