AUD/JPY struggles to keep the bounce off intraday low of 81.32, down 0.13% on a day, snapping a five-day uptrend during Tuesday‘s Asian session. The cross-currency pair portrays the market’s latest risk-off mood as the coronavirus headlines from Australia come negative.
Although Victoria stays on the path to end the local lockdown tonight, per Aussie timings, a jump in the New South Wales (NSW) infections to the highest in 15 months, recently to 175 per the ABC News, becomes a concern for the Aussie authorities. With this, Australias total count of daily covid cases jumped to a fresh high since September 2020.
It‘s worth noting that the indecision over US President Joe Biden’s $1.2 trillion proposal of infrastructure spending and the market‘s cautious mood ahead of this week’s Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting also weighs on the sentiment. That said, a reduction in the week-start numbers and record closings of the Wall Street benchmarks pleased market optimists the previous day.
It‘s worth noting that China’s Industrial Profits for June also eased from 36.4% to 20.00% YoY and exerts additional downside pressure on the AUD/JPY prices. Furthermore, Tokyos holding of Olympics, amid a jump in infections at home, also keeps the pair sellers hopeful.
Amid these plays, S&P 500 Futures drop 0.15% intraday whereas the US 10-year Treasury yields stay mildly bid around 1.28% by the press time.
Looking forward, speeches from BOJ Governor Haruhiko Kuroda and RBA Assistant Governor Guy Debelle will be offering short-term directions to the AUD/JPY pair, mostly southwards. However, major attention will be given to the coronavirus updates and the US-China tussles, not to forget political jitters in Japan, for fresh direction.
Failures to cross 38.2% Fibonacci retracement of one-month fall starting from late June, around 81.25, directs AUD/JPY sellers toward the 81.00 threshold.
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